THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
We regret to announce that the 2020 Berryman Trail Races have been cancelled due to uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. All previously registered entrants will be given a free entry that can be used for the 2021 or 2022 Berryman Trail Races. Runners who registered for the 2020 race will be automatically entered into the 2021 race and will be given the option to defer their entry to 2022 if they make this choice by March 1, 2021.
Brought to you by the Saint Louis Ultrarunners Group
(SLUG members receive a $10 discount on race registration. Click here for more details.)
*** PLEASE NOTE: The 2021 Berryman races will be CUPLESS ***
No disposable cups will be used to dispense beverages at aid stations. Runners will be provided with a collapsible re-usable cup and are expected to carry a bottle or hydration pack throughout the race.
We are pleased to announce that Mile 90 Photography will be photographing the 2020 Berryman Trail Races! Free digital downloads and low-cost prints will be available to runners after the race.
Packet pick-up will be available at the Berryman Campground pavilion from 4-7 PM on Friday, and starting at 5:00 AM on Saturday. All runners must check in at the start line before their race begins.
Runners that decide to drop down from the 50-mile race to the marathon after registration has closed should plan to start in the race for which they are registered (at 6:00 AM). See Registration Policy below.
Time and Location
Saturday, May 16, 2020
50-Mile Start: 6:00 AM
50-Mile Final Cut-off: 8:00 PM, time limit = 14 hours
Marathon Start: 7:00 AM
Marathon Final Cut-off: 7:00 PM, time limit = 12 hours
Start/Finish at the Berryman Campground in the Mark Twain National Forest, located off Highway 8 between Steelville and Potosi, Missouri.
The Berryman Trail is an approximately 26-mile single-track loop through the Mark Twain National Forest. Run two loops for the 50-Mile race, one loop for the Marathon. The total elevation gain/loss is 2500 ft/2500 ft per loop. Plenty of rocks and roots, and at least two opportunities to get your feet wet before and after the Brazil Creek aid station at mile 16 (and mile 42 on 2nd loop). Course crosses many other stream beds that may or may not have water in them depending on recent rainfall.
Aid Stations will be approximately every 5 to 6 miles. Runners will be provided with an adequate supply of water, sports drink, and race day foods.
Sorry. No Refunds, No Transfers, No Waitlist. Please don't ask. This race is staffed entirely by volunteers, and your entry fees are spent on aid station supplies, awards, shirts and other miscellaneous race expenses regardless of whether or not you are able to attend. We avoid increasing our race entry fees by keeping things simple, and strive to provide the best race experience possible without increasing costs. Thank you for your understanding.
You may change your race distance until May 7 through Ultrasignup only. No registration changes will be allowed after May 7. You must start at the designated start time for the race in which you are entered. 50-Mile race participants who complete only 1 loop are eligible to receive a marathon finisher's medal for completing a loop but will not be listed as finishers in the Marathon results.
Primitive camping (no water, pit toilets) is available at the Berryman campground on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spots and parking are limited, but overflow camping is permitted near the shelter, and parking is allowed along one side of the road. Please obey No Parking signs.
Camping and cabins:
Huzzah Valley Resort, (800) 367-4516, 10 miles east of Steelville on Hwy 8 and 11 miles or a 15-minute drive from the start/finish area at the Berryman campground shelter.
Bass River Resort, (800) 392-3700, 204 Butts Rd, Steelville, MO 65565, off Hwy 8 near Huzzah Valley, and 12 miles from start/finish.
Hotels and motels can be found in Potosi (18 miles from start/finish), Steelville (20 miles), and Cuba (28 miles).
The Berryman Trail is located in the Mark Twain National Forest about half way between Steelville and Potosi, Missouri. The nearest major airport is located in St. Louis, an approximately 2-hour drive.
Local time: 8:31 AM
From St. Louis: Take Highway 44 west to the Cuba exit. Take Highway 19 south from Cuba to Steelville, then Highway 8 East to Washington County’s Berryman Road. Look for the Forest Service sign on your right and turn left on Berryman Road. The campground and shelter will be on the left, approximately 1 mile north of Highway 8.
(Note: There are 2 roads named Berryman Road. The Crawford County Berryman road is all gravel and before the town of Berryman and is NOT the road to Berryman campground. You are looking for the paved road located about 2 miles east of the tiny town of Berryman that is marked with a Forest Service sign for the Berryman Hiking and Riding Area.)
Alternate route from St. Louis: Take Highway 21 to Potosi, then Highway 8 West from Potosi and turn right on Berryman Road.
From Columbia or Kansas City: Take Highway 70 east to exit 175. Take Highway 19 south to Steelville, then Highway 8 east to the Washington County’s Berryman Road.