Registration closes: Sun, May 12 @ 11:59PM CT

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WELCOME TO THE 24th ANNUAL BERRYMAN TRAIL RACES!

CAMPGROUND AND DAY-USE FEES:
The Mark Twain National Forest is implementing new use fees at Berryman Campground and Trailhead area in 2024. It will be $15 per day for (primitive) camping and $5 per day for day users. Please note that this fee applies even if you park along the road outside of the campground and shelter parking lot to access the shelter or trailhead. Please be sure to bring cash for the self-pay station. Citations may be issued by the US Forest Service for non-payment. Note that Berryman Campground has limited spots available on first-come first-served basis and all spots are typically taken by Friday afternoon. See below for other lodging options.


NEW SWAG! Every registered runner will receive a Berryman Trail Runs hat.

POST-RACE BBQ: There will be burgers, vege burgers, brats, and dogs for runners at the end of the race. Please bring your own (non-disposable) plate and utensils to help cut down on waste.
If you have crew, family and friends hanging out all day, please let them know that the Berryman Store is just 3.3 miles from the Berryman Campground on Hwy 8, and they have fuel and food, and there are several dining options in Steelville and Potosi. We don't mind sharing, but please be mindful that if your friends and families eat our food all day there won't be anything left for the 50-mile finishers.

*** The Berryman Trail Races are CUPLESS ***
No disposable cups will be used to dispense water or sports drink at aid stations. Runners are expected to carry a bottle or hydration pack throughout the race.

Additional race details (drop bags, cut-offs, crew directions) can be found HERE.

This race is brought to you by the Saint Louis Ultrarunners Group.
SLUG members receive a $10 discount on race registration.
(Current discount codes are provided by email after membership dues are paid.)

TIME and LOCATION

Saturday, May 18, 2024

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 Berryman Campground in the Mark Twain National Forest, between Steelville and Potosi, Missouri.

PACKET PICK-UP: Berryman Campground pavilion from 2-5 PM on Friday, and starting at 5:00 AM on Saturday.

CHECK-IN: All runners must check in at the start line before their race begins.

DROP-DOWNS:
Runners registered for the 50-mile race who decide to drop down to the marathon after the May 7 deadline has passed should plan to start in the race for which they are registered (at 6:00 AM). See Registration Policy below.

PARKING AND DAY USE FEE

If arriving Saturday morning, please do not attempt to pull into Berryman Campground and Day Use Area. The very limited parking and camp spots will be filled on Friday.
Please park NORTH of the campground entrance along the right side (east side) of Berryman Road. Park on one side of road only, leaving room for vehicles to pass on Berryman Road.

Day Use Fee for Berryman Campground and Day Use Area = $5 per vehicle. Please bring exact change for USFS self-pay envelopes. Day Use Fee applies to all users accessing the Berryman Day Use area (shelter and trailhead).

COURSE

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. The race is run in the clock-wise direction. There are 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

Aid Stations will be approximately every 5 to 6 miles. Runners will be provided with Hyle sports drink, water, soda, and a typical assortment of ultra snacks,.

AWARDS

All registered runners who complete one loop will receive a Marathon Finisher medal.
All registered runners who complete two loops will receive a 50-Mile Finisher medal.

Special Awards:

First Female and First Male Over-All finishers will receive plaques.

First male and female finishers in the following categories will also receive special awards:
Masters (40-49)
Grand Masters (50-59)
Senior Grand Masters (60-69)
Golden Masters (70+)

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 race results.

PACERS

Pacers can join runners ONLY at Berryman or Brazil Creek campgrounds on 2nd loop of 50-mile race.
No pacers allowed for marathon or first loop of the 50-mile race unless you are over 60 years of age and/or have special circumstances warranting the need for a safety runner. You must notify and obtain permission from the Race Directors to have a safety runner accompany you on the first loop.

REGISTRATION POLICIES

NO REFUNDS. Please do not ask. Requests will not receive a response.

ROLLOVER CREDITS:
You will receive a credit (100% of race entry, not including fees) if you withdraw prior to April 1 (and do not transfer your bib to another runner, see below).
If you withdraw after April 1 and before May 10, you will receive an 80% rollover credit.

Rollover credits may only be applied to the 2025 Berryman Trail Races. Credits are not transferrable to other races.
No rollover credits will be issued after May 10. Please do not ask. Requests will not receive a response.
Why? Because by May 10, we have already assigned your bib, packed your swag, and put you on the starting lists for tracking on race day.

BIB TRANSFERS: If you choose to give or sell your registration to another runner, it will be up to you to make that transaction. A bib transfer is a 2-step process that must be completed by the original registrant AND the recipient (not the Race Director).To complete a bib transfer, you must log in and edit your race registration on the Ultrasignup website and enter the recipient's name and email address to set up the transfer; the recipient must then complete registration via Ultrasignup using the credit created by your cancellation/transfer to enter the race. If someone shows up on race day and has not completed this process, they will not be entered in the race. If you are selling your registration to another runner, it is up to you to collect the money from the buyer. Funds will not be transferred via Ultrasignup.

CHANGING DISTANCE: You may change your race distance through May 10 on Ultrasignup only (go to Account Info - Registration History to modify an existing registration). If you drop down from the 50-mile race to the Marathon, no refund will be issued for the cost difference. 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.

DEADLINE: No registration changes (bib transfers or switching races) will be allowed after May 10.

LODGING

Primitive camping (no water, pit toilets) is available at the Berryman campground on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fee = $15 per day. Spots and parking are limited. If campground and parking lot are full, please park along road outside of campground on one side only (east side, facing north). Please obey No Parking signs.

There is limited free (primitive) camping available at Brazil Creek Campground and aid station on a first-come, first-served basis (approximately 7 miles from the start/finish at Berryman Campground).

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.

TIP: Huzzah Valley and Bass River resorts have coin-operated showers.

YMCA Trout Lodge, 13528 State Hwy AA, Potosi, MO, 63664, off Hwy 8 between Berryman and Potosi, 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).

DIRECTIONS

The Berryman Trail is located off Highway 8 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.

Look for this sign on HWY 8:

Berryman Hiking and Riding Area: 1 Mile

Event's current local time: 9:52 AM CT

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