Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Paix Running is proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds from the second annual Red Dirt Ultra will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which is dedicated to finding cures for blood cancer (and other cancers along the way), and improving the lives of cancer patients.  A cause we can all support.

Learn more about LLS by clicking the picture below.

THANK YOU for giving us the opportunity to support such a great cause! 


Saturday, December 30, 2017

200 & 500 Mile Club

As we close the books on Loup Garou 2017, I wanted to give you all more details on the Loup Garou 200 & 500 Mile Clubs.  Click the picture above for a quick video of me explaining the idea and where it came from.

I am so touched by the loyalty many of you have shown to me, and I want to find a cool way to give something back to you. For those of you who are NOT interested in running a 100 miler (it's not for everyone), I have created the 200 Mile Club.  Once the total of the miles you have run at Loup Garou total 200 miles, in any combination you choose (10 - 20 milers, 2 - 40 milers and 2 - 60 milers, etc), you will become a member of the 200 Mile Club.  You will receive an award similar to the one pictured above or something equally cool, and your name will forever be seen on the Loup Garou and Paix Running websites.

The 500 mile club is for those of you with a total of 500 miles on the Loup Garou trail, including at least one 100 miler.  Once you reach 500 miles, you get to choose between a cool award or an embroidered jacket with "500 Mile Club",  along with listing on the Loup Garou and Paix Running websites.

Again, this is just a small way of paying you guys back for your loyalty, and give you something to work towards.  Hopefully one day we will be able to start a "1,000 Mile Club".

Happy Running, Y'all!


2017 - WOW and THANK YOU

Well, 127 runners took place in the first annual Loup Garou Trail Run, with 12 states and Japan  being represented.  A great time was had by all, and some pretty amazing things happened.  The 20 mile winner, Jason Wheat, set a pretty blazing time of 2 hours and 24 minutes, while the 40 miler was all about girl power with Sara Lopes as the overall winner at 7:01 and  our most experienced runner, Terri Hayes, a 74 year young runner from Florida finished in 15:44.  The 60 miler was no less exciting with the overall winner being Mark Allen from Texas.  Mark ran (and won) the 60 miler while celebrating his 60th birthday on the trail!  And, of course, the story of the night was the smoking fast time of Mark Hammond for the 100 miler - 14 hours and 32 minutes - and all with a smile on his face.  

Thank you to everyone who joined us.  My volunteers and I had so much fun taking care of all of you while you did incredible things! 

Here is a link to some of the pictures from the weekend.  (Click the picture)

Registration for Loup Garou 2018 is OPEN!  Go to the Registration tab at the top of the page for more info.  See you in December! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pre Race Email from the RD

Hello everyone!

While the weather in south Louisiana is dreary today, your forecast for race day is looking close to perfect! 

For those of you coming from outside of the area, 40 degrees looks pretty mild, but keep in mind you will be running near water for most of the race, so the temperature can feel considerably colder with the humidity.  Plan accordingly.

PACKET PICKUP will  be held Friday, December 15th from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the pavilion near the start/finish.  From the main park entrance, drive straight in - you will see the start/finish area either set up or in the process...look to the left behind the s/f and you will see the pavilion.  For those of you who can not make it in on Friday, we will reopen packet pickup Saturday morning at 5:45 - 6:45 and then again from 7:15 - 7:45 for the remaining 20 milers. 

PARK ENTRY FEE: The park entry fee is your responsibility and it is $3 per person per day.  Thank you for supporting this Louisiana treasure!  Your money will be well spent on trail and facility maintenance.

CREW ACCESS:  The only crew access points are at the start/finish and at the 4 Mile Aid Station (Mud N Guts).  To access the Mile 4 Aid Station from the main entrance:  take a left on N. Landing Road (right after you enter the park), and drive about 4 miles - you will see the aid station tent on your right.   The other aid stations are only accessible by private road or are on very narrow dirt roads where vehicles can get stuck.  Please plan on seeing your runner ONLY at the S/F and 4 Mile A/S.

PARK HOURS; The park opens its front gates at 6:00 a.m., but if the park staff give us the okay, I will open the front gates earlier than that to give everyone time to get comfortable.

BATHROOMS:  There are park bathrooms a short walk from the s/f, but I am bringing in two porta potties for the s/f and there will be another one on the trail at the mile 8 point (Louisiana Ultra Runner's aid station).

FOOD: We will have a Hospitality Area at the pavilion near the start/finish.  We will be cooking chicken and sausage gumbo, vegan chili, and a few other options.  As it becomes morning on Sunday, we will switch to egg and sausage burritos, and we are looking at a vegan breakfast option as well.  This food is mainly for the runners, so crews please be respectful of this.  That being said, we won't let anyone go home hungry.  :-)   If we see that we will have plenty, we will open it to everyone. 

The aid stations will be fully stocked with everything you need and probably a whole lot of stuff you don't need.  Bring any special nutrition requirements you might have, but other than that you will be covered. 

BEER: Our beer sponsor is Bayou Teche Brewery in Arnaudville, Louisiana.  They make fantastic beer and we will have lots on ice for when you finish your run.

CUTOFF TIMES: The overall race cutoff is 30 hours, with the course shutting down at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The cutoff for beginning the last loop of the race is 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, giving you 5 hours to cover the last 20 miles.  Shorter distances have the same 1:00 p.m. Sunday cutoff time as well, so if you really want to finish, there is no reason you shouldn't be able to.

DO NOT SPEED in the park unless you feel like making an additional donation.  Seriously - the park is graciously allowing us to hold this event on this beautiful trail, and the park staff has been incredibly supportive.  Don't screw it up.  If I get a report from the park staff that a crew vehicle was pulled over for speeding, your runner is automatically disqualified and will not get a finisher time or medal/buckle. There are sections approaching the s/f where runners will run on the road for a short time.  Keep your eyes open, especially at night.
DROPPING DISTANCE:  No, unless cleared with me prior to the race.  If you sign up for the 100 miler but stop after 20, you have not completed the 20 miler, you have DNF'd the 100.  Hopefully you will be able to make it back next year to try again.

If you have any questions prior to the race, respond to this email, or email me separately at PaixRunning@gmail.com.  

I am looking forward to handing you your medals or buckles, and getting about 150 finish line hugs.  :-)  Very excited to meet all of you, and thank you for putting your trust in us.  I think you will be well pleased with the experience.  --Edie

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Price Increase!

Tomorrow (November 15th) is the last day to register before the price increase!  It is also the last day to be guaranteed a shirt (I may have a few extra on hand, but no promises.)  A little over a month until I get to see all of you!! 

Click HERE to register. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Point Blue Sloths at Mile 16 Aid Station

Just a taste of what you will find when you come down to Loup Garou! Our volunteers are the BEST!!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sample Training Plan for the 40 Miler

Here is a sample 40 mile training plan.  Adjust it to fit into your schedule.  I based it on running 4 days a week because I never run more than that, but if you feel compelled to add a day, go for it.  I would suggest doing some type of moderate speedwork on the Tuesday, and make at least a part of your Thursday run a hill workout (parking towers, stairs, something).