HISTORY: Three Creeks Torrent Trail Runs is a race sponsored by Columbia Track Club that takes place at Three Creeks Conservation Area, about ten minutes south of Columbia, Missouri. The land was originally largely owned and worked in 40 and 80 acre parcels purchased by freed slaves following the Civil War. Some former homesteads are still visible today.
COURSE: The course is an approximate 10 mile loop. It is about 80% single track trail and 20% jeep/gravel road, with a variety of terrain. There are approximately ten creek crossings per loop, so you will get wet. There is about 850 feet of elevation gain per loop.
RACE HEADQUARTERS/PARKING: Three Creeks Conservation Area trailhead at the end of Deer Park Road (Three Creeks Parking). Please be sure to navigate to this specific trailhead, as other locations you may find on Google will take yo elsewhere. Here’s a map with a pin to the start: https://maps.app.goo.gl/
START TIME: 7:00 a.m. (30 miles), 8:00 a.m. (20 miles), and 9:00 a.m. (10 miles).
TIME LIMIT: The time limit to complete the course is 8 hours for the 30 mile, 7 hours for the 20 mile, and 6 hours for the 10 mile. All races will end at 3:00 p.m.
AID: 2 aid stations (Start/finish at Deer Park Road trailhead and on the course at Tomlin Hill trailhead) stocked with a variety of food, water and drinks. Two port-a-potties will be available at the start/finish aid station and another at the Tomlin Hill aid station approximately 5.5 miles on the course. Approximate distance between aid stations is 5 miles. 30 and 20 mile racers can leave a drop bag at the start to access before their second and third loops. PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL BE A CUP FREE EVENT. All runners must carry a water bottle or hydration pack.
ENTRY: $60 for 30 miles, $50 for 20 miles, and $40 for ten miles. Prices will increase on January 11 by $5 per race. No race day registration or refunds. You may transfer your entry yourself using UltraSignup up until one week before the race, as discussed below. The race is limited to 75 competitors for all races combined. Park management reserves the right to cancel the race due to adverse conditions.
PACKET PICKUP/CHECK-IN: Race Headquarters will be located at the trailhead on Deer Park Road. Packet pickup will be Friday, March 10, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 pm at Tryathletics, 1605 Chapel Hill Rd, Columbia. Depending on the weather, we may be set up in parking lot. Packets will be available at the race site after 6:00 a.m. on race day. We strongly encourage you to pick up on Friday if possible. All participants will be required to check in at Race Headquarters on race day by signing a sign-in sheet.
POST-RACE: Food will be available as runners finish. Have your bib number with you to receive a meal. Someone will mark your bib to indicate you’ve eaten once.
CHANGES: Runners can sign into their UltraSignup account and change their distance (no refund if price is less) or transfer their entry to another runner up until one week before the event. You can cancel your registration up to 3 days before the race but no refund.
After signing in, click on Account Info, Registration History, select Edit next to the race name. From the Registration Edit screen you can change the distance, transfer or cancel (no refunds) your registration. Please feel free to contact us if questions. If you decide to change your distance after the race starts, you will receive a DNF and not receive a finishing time.
AWARDS/SWAG: Cash Award for Overall Male & Female in each race.
Each runner will receive a t-shirt, and upon finishing will receive a special item.
How to contact race director?
Email: Ryan King or Columbia Track Club.
Where can I stay in Columbia?
Visit Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau for local hotel listings.
How can I contact other runners in the race?
Try the race’s Facebook group, Three Creeks Torrent Trail Runs.