2016 Katy Trail Ride

at Katy Trail State Park

Daily Diary - Pictures and information from each day's ride will be posted daily on the Katy Trail State Park Facebook page

The 16th annual Katy Trail Ride, June 20-24 allows bicyclists to experience Katy Trail State Park from St. Charles to Clinton. Missouri State Parks and Missouri State Parks Foundation invite you to join them on this scenic five-day ride on the nation's longest developed and most popular rail trail.

This year's ride covers approximately 241 miles of Katy Trail and features great food and many fun activities. Hot showers are available at each overnight stop, enhancing comfortable campsite settings. Participation is limited to 350 people so register early to ensure your place on this scenic ride. Registrations will be accepted until May 1 or until the 350 maximum limit is reached.

Full tour riders receive:

  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Outdoor camping spaces each night -- Camping locations:
    • Sunday - Frontier Park, St. Charles
    • Monday - City Park, Hermann
    • Tuesday - Memorial Park, Jefferson City
    • Wednesday - Kemper Park, Boonville
    • Thursday - Liberty Park, Sedalia
  • Hot shower facilities daily
  • Gear shuttle
  • Detailed route map
  • SAG support
  • Katy Trail Ride t-shirt
  • Katy Trail Ride water bottle

Additional Information

Advance/Return Transportation
Check-In
Contact Us/Questions
Fees
Hotel Shuttle
Map
Meals
Other Available Services
Non-Riders
Non-Transferrable Registration
Packet Pickup
Plan Ahead (training)
Refunds
Reservation Modification Fee
Route Description
Rules and Regulations
SAG (Support and Gear)
Supply Shuttle
T-shirts


Route Description

Day 0
Sunday, June 19
St. Charles

Day 1
Monday, June 20
Approximately 64 miles
St. Charles to Hermann

Day 2
Tuesday, June 21
Approximately 49 miles
Hermann to Jefferson City

Day 3
Wednesday, June 22
Approximately 52 miles 
Jefferson City to Boonville

Day 4
Thursday, June 23
Approximately 37 miles
Boonville to Sedalia

Day 5
Friday, June 24
Approximately 39 miles
Sedalia to Clinton 

Meals

Every participant will receive breakfast and dinner Monday through Thursday and receive breakfast and lunch on Friday. Lunch and snacks can be purchased in the towns along the route. Typical breakfast foods may include pancakes, French toast, eggs, bacon, cereal, rolls, fruit, coffee, milk and orange juice. Typical dinners consist of a meat, pasta or vegetarian entree, salad, vegetables, bread and dessert.

Check-In - Advance Shuttle Riders

Check-in for advance shuttle riders will take place in Clinton from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and in Columbia from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19.

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be at the ride information booth at Frontier Park in St. Charles between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 19 and between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. on Monday, June 20. Registration packets can be picked up at this time. The packet will contain your official rider tag, map booklet, t-shirt, water bottle, etc.

Reservation Modification Fee

Any change or addition made to a reservation after it has been processed is subject to a $10 charge. The modification fee also applies to requests for refunds for optional services when not included as part of a full refund.

Non-Transferrable Registration

Katy Trail Ride registrations are non-transferrable to any other person(s) for any reason at any time.  If a cancelation is necessary, please follow the refund procedures.

Refunds

Written cancelations e-mailed or postmarked by May 16, 2016 will receive a refund, minus a $50 cancelation fee. No refunds, for any reason, will be made for cancelations or no-shows occurring after May 16, 2016. Cancelations can be sent to katytrailride@gmail.com or Missouri State Parks Foundation, 201 W. Broadway, Suite 4C, Columbia, MO 65203.

Advance/Return Transportation

For an additional $70, you (plus your bicycle and baggage) can be transported on a comfortable air-conditioned motor coach from Clinton to St. Charles on Sunday, June 19, or after the ride on Friday, June 24. Round-trip transportation from Columbia to St. Charles on June 19 and from Clinton to Columbia on June 24 is available for $120. 

  • Advance Shuttle = Board motor coach at Clinton on Sunday, June 19 and be transported to St. Charles for start of the ride.
  • Return Shuttle = Board motor coach at Clinton on Friday, June 24 and be transported to St. Charles after the ride.
  • Round-trip Shuttle = 1. Board the motor coach at Columbia on Sunday, June 19 and be transported to St. Charles for the start of the ride. 2. Board the motor coach at Clinton on Friday, June 24 and be transported back to Columbia.  

Hotel Shuttle

Hotel shuttle service is available for those who choose not to camp. (A list of participating lodging faciities will be provided after registration.) The shuttle will take participants to and from the overnight camping location at the following times (Exact shuttle times vary depending on the distance between the camping and lodging locations. Shuttle times will be posted at the information booth daily.):

-- From camping location to hotel in early afternoon
-- From hotel back to camping location for dinner and riders’ meeting
-- From camping location to hotel after riders’ meeting
-- From hotel to camping location for breakfast

This shuttle service is $20 per overnight location. This price is only for those who pre-register. Registration for this service after June 1 or at the event will be $25 per day. Pre-registration is recommended to ensure availability.

T-Shirts

All participants will receive a 2016 Katy Trail Ride t-shirt as part of their registration. Additional t-shirts may be ordered separately for $20 each.

Support and Gear

SAG stops will be located approximately every 10 miles along the route to provide water, fruit and moral support. Because of the length of the route, logistics of the Katy Trail and any unforeseen weather conditions, the SAG may not be accessible at all times.

Supply Shuttle

Trucks will transport rider’s luggage and equipment along the route. Each rider is allowed no more than two bags. Please do not use plastic totes to haul luggage, as these may become cracked or damaged. There is a weight limit of 50 pounds per bag. A $25 fee per bag will be charged for all bags exceeding 50 lbs. Nothing may be attached to the outside of your bags. Everything but your helmet must fit into these two bags. More details will be sent in the confirmation packet, which will be sent in your registration confirmation e-mail.  All bags will be weighed and the weight limit will be enforced.  We must do this to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers.

Rules and Regulations

Helmets: All riders are REQUIRED to wear helmets.

Minors: An adult (preferably a parent or legal guardian) must accompany participants under the age of 18. No bicycle trailers hauling children will be allowed unless accompanied by private SAG support.

Overnight Camping: Campsite locations in St. Charles, Hermann, Jefferson City, Boonville and Sedalia have been predetermined. Participants must obey all of the rules of these facilities.

Checkpoints: Checkpoints will be located at the information booth at each overnight stop. Each rider is required to sign in at the end of each day’s ride. Volunteers will be stationed at each checkpoint to assist riders throughout the evening.

Plan Ahead

2016 Katy Trail Ride is geared toward the intermediate cyclist. Good physical conditioning will make the ride much more enjoyable. The ride will cover 241 miles in five days with daily mileage ranging from 37 to 64 miles and can be very strenuous. All riders will be expected to complete the ride each day except for true emergencies. Before the ride begins, ride as many miles as possible and ride as often as your schedule allows. Long rides of 40-50 miles are important, as are a series of back to back rides. You should experience cycling in all types of weather and on similar surface terrain as the Katy Trail. June weather in Missouri is unpredictable. It may be hot (in the 90s), humid, windy, rainy or cool at night. Weather conditions can make even the shortest days more challenging. The surface of the Katy Trail is packed crushed limestone. Mountain bicycle and hybrid bicycle tires are best suited for the trail.

Non-Riders

Anyone accompanying a cyclist on the trip but who does not wish to ride their bike to get from stop to stop can register as a non-rider. Non-riders provide their own transportation and are not supported during the days’ ride. Non-riders receive breakfast and dinner daily, t-shirt, water bottle and outdoor camping space for each day.

Other Available Services

(Please note that these services are provided at an additional cost and are not included in the 2016 Katy Trail Ride registration fees. These services are provided by third-party vendors; interested participants will work directly with the vendor. )

Bike service and repair:  Available in-route and at the overnight camping location daily.

Massage therapy:  May be available at the overnight camping locations.

Tent service:  Contact www.PadresCycleInn.com or call 314-644-4440 or 314-255-5222.

Sponsored By:

The Katy Trail Ride is sponsored by Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation. The Missouri State Parks Foundation, Inc. is a Missouri not-for-profit corporation dedicated to improving the facilities, lands, programs and activities of Missouri state parks and state historic sites.  The foundation seeks to direct private, business and other non-profit assets to enhance the mission of the Missouri state park system.

Fees:

Full Tour Registration (Includes: breakfast and supper daily, outdoor camping space each night, hot shower facilities, gear shuttle, detailed route map, SAG support, t-shirt, water bottle)

     Adult (15 years and older)................................................................................................. $375

     Children (14 years and younger)....................................................................................... $325

     Family (group of 2 adults and 2 children)................................................ $200 rebate available

Non-Rider Registration (Anyone accompanying a cyclist on the trip but not riding a bike to get from stop to stop can sign up as a non-rider. Fee includes breakfast and dinner daily, t-shirt, water bottle and outdoor camping space. Non-riders provide their own transportation between overnight stops and are not supported during the day’s ride.)

     Non-Rider Registration..................................................................................................... $325

Motor Coach Shuttle (Cyclists, their baggage and bicycle will be transported before or after the ride for an additional fee.)

     Advance Shuttle (SUNDAY, June 19).................................................................................. $70

          Board the motor coach at Clinton and be transported to St. Charles for the start of the ride.

     Return Shuttle (FRIDAY, June 24)...................................................................................... $70

          Board the motor coach after the ride at Clinton and be transported to St. Charles.

     Round-Trip Shuttle (SUNDAY AND FRIDAY)...................................................................... $120

          Board the motor coach at Columbia on Sunday and be transported to St. Charles for the start of the ride.  Also board the motor coach at Clinton on Friday and be transported back to Columbia. THIS SHUTTLE IS ONLY FOR THOSE PARKING IN COLUMBIA

Hotel Shuttle (Available to those who choose not to camp. The shuttle will take participants to and from the overnight camping location.)

     Daily Shuttle.................................................... Before June 1, 2016........................ $20/day

     Daily Shuttle.................................................... On or after June 1, 2016................ $25/day

T-shirt (A t-shirt is included with registration.  This is for ordering additional t-shirts only.)

     Small – XX-Large....................................................$20

Contact Us / Questions:

Please e-mail katytrailride@gmail.com.

2016 Katy Trail Ride Volunteers 

Here is how you can sign up to help with the 2016 Katy Trail Ride!

  1. Read the Position Descriptions.
  2. Fill out the Volunteer Form by Friday May 6.

You should get a call no later than May 13 confirming your volunteer assignment. If you do not hear from us by then, please call 573-449-7402.