Please note the following COVID-related policies to reduce the over-all size of the event and reduce risk of exposure to Covid-19:
NO PACERS 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 course.
CREW: Please do not bring extra people with you. We will allow 1 or 2 crew persons per runner. We understand that you may want to share your experience of the race with friends and family and that you might wish to have someone drive you to and from the race. If you have friends or family attending the race, please ask them to be mindful of personal space for other runners and volunteers. More detailed policies will be announced as the race draws closer.
All runners who were registered for the 2020 Berryman Trail Races will be given a free entry that can be used for the 2021 or 2022 Berryman Trail Races. General registration for the 2021 races will open on March 1 for any remaining spots.
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. Aid station workers will use pitchers to fill bottles, cups and hydration packs with water or sport drink. Runners must open, hold, and close their own containers to allow for touch-free re-fills. Your cooperation is appreciated.
We are pleased to announce that Mile 90 Photography will be photographing the 2021 Berryman Trail Races! Free digital downloads and low-cost prints will be available to runners after the race.
Time and Location
Saturday, May 15, 2021
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.
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.
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.
NEW POLICY: In consideration of uncertainty caused by the global pandemic, we are allowing bib transfers and registration roll-overs for the 2021 Berryman Trail Races.
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.
We do not issue refunds. Thank you for your understanding.
Changing Distance: You may change your race distance through May 8 on Ultrasignup only. 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 8.
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: 6:20 PM
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.