Flat Branch 50K | The Course
This is a rails to trails out and back starting from Flat Branch Park in downtown Columbia, Missouri. The race is named after Flat Branch creek, a water source for early settlers. More on the history of the area can be found here, https://comomag.com/2007/11/03/flat-branch-creek-of-dreams/.
The tree represents the nearly 400 year old Burr Oak that can be seen from the course about 10 miles into the race. "It stands alone – no other tree is within 1,000 feet. As the largest burr oak tree in Missouri, it’s tied with another in Kentucky for the title of the national champion (largest) of the specie, Quercus macrocarpa." Source: NPS.gov
Competitors will head southwest on the MKT (Missouri-Kansas-Texas) trail for about 9 miles before they intersect the Katy Trail just west of McBaine. From there, competitors will head west on the Katy Trail. The turnaround is east of Rocheport. The complete route can be found here, https://www.strava.com/routes/2910935132369533576.
The course will showcase the Missouri River, bluffs and other spectacular features–both natural and man-made.
Cutoff: 9 Hours
Packet Picket will be at Fleet Feet Columbia from 5PM to 7PM Friday, February 16. They're located at 10 W Nifong Blvd #113, Columbia, MO 65203. Packet pickup race day morning is at 7AM at the start/finish line.
Aid Stations | Drop Bags
There will be approximately 4 staffed aid stations with typical aid station food, water and electrolytes. Drop bags will be at the 50K turnaround.
Awards | Professional Photographs
Finisher awards, division winners (1st place only), overall male/female (top 3) | Every runner will receive a soft, very comfortable race shirt.
Professional photographs will be taken on the course and at the start/finish line. These will be posted and made available to you at no charge.
Water, electrolytes and typical aid station food will be available at the finish line–along with a post-race meal and beverages. All awards will be handed out at the start/finish line.
You're welcome to bring your camping chair and your own post-race food and refreshments, so you can kick back and relax and cheer on your fellow competitors as they cross the finish line.
Ha Ha Racing Events does not issue refunds due to cancellation or postponement. Thank you.
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Flat Branch Ultra is one of several events in the Ha Ha Racing Events portfolio. Check out our website for details on all our races, HaHaRacingEvents.com.
Event's current local time: 10:37 PM CT