Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Update on our 2020 event!

Well guys, I have been in steady contact with the State Parks Department and the park management, and the 2020 Loup Garou Trail Run is a go! All of the necessary permits are in hand, medals and buckles ordered, and our finish line gumbo guy is practicing vegan recipes to add a hot vegan option at the finish as well.

As we speak, a four mile of the trail is closed since they are housing elderly Covid patients in one of the campgrounds, and they closed the trail that goes even remotely near there, just to be safe.  Our State Parks guy is pretty confident that will no longer be the case by race day, but just in case we do have a backup route in place for you guys.  If by mid November it looks like plan b it is, I will post details of the route, aid station distances, etc.  Hint: any course records will have to be denoted with an * since it will cut out a few of the more hilly miles.

Either way we run. Can't wait to see all of you!

Happy Running - 


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Another Great Year!

Well, 2019 was another great year at Loup Garou.  We had 23 states and 3 different provinces in Canada represented, with a total of 170 finishers.  Here are the finisher percentages per distance:

20 miler - 100%
40 miler - 95%
60 miler - 76%
100 miler - 62.5%

The weather was about as good as it could possibly be, with the trail in near perfect condition.  All pictures from the event, including cool ones like this: (thanks Shipley!)
Check out all of the pictures on the Race Pics page.  

We are already looking forward to 2020 Loup Garou and can't wait to see you all out there! Register for 2020 HERE!  

Happy Running!


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Race Weekend is HERE!

 Loup Garou Trail Run is this weekend! We can't wait to see you guys out there.  It is looking like the weather might be favorable (don't want to push my luck), and the aid station crews are ready to go.  Any questions you have can be answered in the race doc (, ESPECIALLY about how to get to the race start.  Do not enter "Chicot State Park" into your GPS, it will get you to an old entrance to the park.  Look on the Race Doc for the park address, and from there it is super easy.

See you guys this weekend in the beautiful Chicot State Park!

Happy Running!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

2019 is open!

We are already looking forward to seeing you guys again!  The next installment of the Loup Garou Trail Run will be Saturday, December 14, 2019 in the same beautiful place with the same incredible volunteers - all we need is you to come out and join us.

Click here to register.

See you in December!


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Another fantastic year!

Well, another Loup Garou Trail Run is in the books, and what an incredible weekend it was.  We were fortunate enough to have runners from 25 states and 2 countries joining us on the trail, and enjoying the most beautiful trail Louisiana has to offer.  From start to finish, there were smiling faces, tired legs and full bellies.  

The finisher percentages are as follows:
100 miler - 62% finish rate (vs 68% last year - the mud took its toll)
60 miler - 89% finish rate 
40 miler - 100% finish rate
20 miler - 99% finish rate (just one dnf out of 101 starters)

All day we were able to witness the sweetest, most inspirational moments at the finish line, and I smelled worse than the runners after all of the sweaty runners I hugged - and I wouldn't have it any other way! From watching a 19 year old, Alex Paille, finish his first 100 miler in under 24 hours to watching Nofal Musfy, our oldest participant at 76 years of age, finish the 60 miler, it was quite an incredible day. 

Months of preparation and planning go into these events to be sure that everything is perfect for you guys, and when it is over, it takes a while to process everything that happened.  We are already looking at ways we can make it even better for you guys, and what we can do to give you the best possible race experience (like adding a porta potty at AS1 - no more bucket :-) ).  

The trail is completely cleared of any markings or accidental runner trash (because I am sure none of you would litter in our beautiful park on purpose), and I personally checked each aid station spot, and there is no evidence that an event ever took place this weekend.  My Paix family is pretty darn amazing!  The donation has been made to the non profit that helps to maintain the trails and facilities at Chicot State Park - THANK YOU for making that possible - and the Aid Station winner will be announced soon, along with the charity that they choose.

We saw a 65% growth in registrants 2018 over 2017, and I know that 2019 will bring an even larger turnout - mainly because of the incredible individuals who worked the aid stations and took such good care of you.  Big thanks to the Mud N Guts crew at AS1 (MnG is our local trail running family, and Chicot is our home turf), the LUR crew at AS2 (Louisiana Ultra Runners is a great group of people from around the state who support each other and all of our local races.  Great people, great runners.), our Sloth crew at AS3 (the Sloths are made up of local trail runners from right around Chicot, who are some of the kindest and funniest folks you will ever meet.), and our Shipley station at AS4 (Jeff and Erin Shipley are the ones responsible for bringing you espresso and all of the bean burritos you can eat.  Erin is also our indispensable medical expert for our races - some of you got to know her well.)  

Sloths Aid Station - a welcome sight after a long 8 miles

Our Mud n Guts family minus one very important member.

Is that an espresso machine I see?  Thanks Shipley's! 

Yes, that is whiskey.  LUR style. 

Besides the people you see, there are tons that you don't see - just to name a few: logistics crew:  Randy and Kristen (X), timing: Brian, finish line food: Fawn, Justin and Derrek, moral support and advising: Joe P.; merchandise, awards, and everything else, Denise.... and so many more....

Denise - packet pickup, merch,
spreadsheet connoisseur
Fawn - finish line food,
last minute pacer, cuteness

Randy - logistics, aid stations,
reliable beer source

Justin - cook, heavy lifting, 
comic relief

X - Aid station 
expert, beer taster

Brian - sleepless timing guy

I want to thank you from all of our Paix Running family for sharing your weekend with us.  It was an honor to meet all of you and tend to your needs so that you could run without worry.  Being able to watch you guys reach new goals is so rewarding for all of us, and we are honored to have been a small part in your success.  Hope to see you all again next year!  Registration is open!  Click the registration tab for more info.

Happy Running!  


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Who is running with you at Loup Garou?

Here is a quick snapshot of the states and countries that will be represented at the 2018 Loup Garou Trail Run!  Looks like we may have to cook a bigger gumbo (and buy more beer!)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Supreme Rice at "La Taverne"

We LOVE local companies, and it doesn't get more local than Supreme Rice located in Crowley, Louisiana.  With their help, our runners and crew will be well taken care of for this year's Loup Garou Trail Run! 

When it is time for gumbo season, support the companies that support you!