Thursday, August 4, 2022

Something to look forward to....

 As the summer training miles add up, I thought I'd post a reminder of what you are working towards.  Chicot is such a beautiful park, and we are so happy that the full loop is once again open, giving you ALL of the incredible views!  Here is a short video filmed the first year of the race to distract you from your daily grind.  




Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Man, I love this sport!

 What a great (if incredibly hot) year at Loup Garou!  The course was in perfect shape, the aid stations were on point (as usual), and the runners who came out, came to spend a day in nature and enjoy the great company- and they did.  As usual, on a difficult year, the drop rate was higher than usual, but all runners made the right choice for them and returned home safely. 

We had some great accomplishments from a 3:18 loop by a 14 (almost 15 year old), Oliver Garber, to hard earned finishes in the 100 by folks with an axe to grind from a previous year.  So much good stuff happening! 

20 milers heading to the trail! 

So the registration for 2022 is open!  The date is set for Saturday, December 3rd.  We are hoping (and assuming) that the trail will be fully open by then, but there are no guarantees in life. There is a slim chance that it will be another out and back year.  I also hoped that the original lockdown period would work, yet here we are.  For those of you who are unaware, a portion of the 20 mile loop is closed due to its proximity to a Covid quarantine camp.  Once the virus wanes, they will reopen the trail and close the quarantine camp.  Please don't message me asking when I think that will be. You can predict this virus as well as I can.  

That being said, when you register, understand that the trail can be either version this year - full 20 mile loop or out and back. There will be NO deferrals because you don't like the trail set up (or didn't train).  This is a small race, and I put most of the proceeds back into the race to give you all a great experience.  I can not afford to carry over entries any longer.

The people that came out this year were amazing, and helped me to remember why we work so hard to put on this race.  Here are a few more pictures. Once I have all of the pics from the trail I'll post the link.
It's fun to run, but man, it feels good to finish. Especially when you get first place! 

Finish line hugs from friends are the best.

Our mascot - the Loup Garou was in her full glory.

Mud N Guts aid station. All of our volunteers are experienced ultra runners. They did a great job keeping people moving, or helping them make the right decision to drop when it was time.  Love my volunteers.

When it is scorching hot during the day and gets pretty chilly at night - you adapt with a little trail fashion.

You can click HERE to register.

Until then, see you at Red Dirt

Happy Running! 
Edie




Friday, November 19, 2021

Last course update before the race!!

 Man, I can not believe that we are 2 weeks out from the race!  Louisiana is finally deciding to join the rest of the country in winter weather, so there's hope for a nice cool run. Current long range forecasts (which are completely useless) are predicting a low in the mid 40's and a high in the mid 60's.  Perfect.  I know our northern friends never believe us until it is too late, but with the high humidity here, you will really feel the cold.  Bring extra layers.

Here is the layout of the course for you guys - main point being, be prepared to carry enough liquids / nutrition for an 8 mile stretch.  It's not ideal, but when I floated the idea to my buddies about resurrecting the temporary Cajun Aid station at mile marker 12, I had to move quick to avoid sharp flying objects.  Evidently boating in tables, tents, food and hundreds of pounds of water, then carrying all of that up hill for over a quarter of a mile to reach the spot was not something they were planning to do again.  And really, it is just 8 miles.  You guys will be fine.

One of the bridges you will run across. The water probably won't be this high though.


FOR THE 20, 40, AND 60 MILER

**These distances are approximate.  We are going off of mile marker signs at the park, which are constantly being moved.  The GPS measurement for this course was 21 miles last year.

So, the out and back course measures 21 miles from the Start/Finish to the Mud n Guts aid station at mile 8, then back to the Start/Finish.  When you leave the start, 4 miles later you will have the Sloths aid station (you'll recognize them - they are very rowdy, and VERY Cajun).  Once you leave the Sloths, you will have an 8 mile stretch until you hit the Mud n Guts aid station (and the Porta potties).  This is where you will be turned around and head back 8 miles to the Sloths, then 4 miles to the start/finish area.  

Repeat as necessary for your distance. Yes, the 60 miler will be 63 miles.  You get extra gumbo and beer when you finish.

FOR THE 100 MILER

This year we will have a sign at the 12 mile mark (site of last years Cajun Aid station), with a unique hole punch.  ON THE FIRST LAP, use  said punch to mark your bib, turn around and head back to the Sloths, then to the start/finish.  

Here's what your race will look like:

First lap - head to Sloths (4 miles in), then to sign at the mile 12 marker with the hole punch.  Punch your bib to prove you didn't cheat, head back to Sloths. This will still be an 8 mile stretch for you guys since you go out 4 miles from the Sloths to the sign then head back to the Sloths, then the start/finish. This first lap will be 16 miles.

Next four laps, do the full course - s/f - Sloths - MnG - Sloths, s/f for 21 miles each.  This will give you a total of just over 100 miles total.  

I'll go over the details again race morning, but it is pretty straightforward.  100 milers punch your bib at the mile 12 marker (8 miles into the first lap), then head back the s/f.  Every other lap is the full trip to Mud n Guts and back.

Feel free to message with questions, or just ask me when you get there.  See you guys in two weeks!  

Happy Running! 

Edie

A small part of the Loup Garou family! 




Wednesday, November 10, 2021

See you on Dec 4th!

 We are so excited to see you guys in less than a month!  Jambalaya, vegan goodness, and cold beer are all lined up. and we are ready to take care of you guys!  

No more rollovers, since now I have ordered shirts, medals, buckles, paid insurance, venue, etc.  Thanks to the ones who understand! Course details posted tomorrow.

Happy running!  Edie

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

2021 Loup Garou Course Info

 Well, we finally got word from the state about the trail conditions for Loup Garou, annnndddd.... it's another out and back year. Yeah, I'm not happy about it either, but we are fortunate that they are letting us have the race at all. Since the first big surge in Covid the Louisiana state government has been using state parks to house covid patients who either can't go home (no one to take care of them), or live in an assisted living facility and they want to isolate them from that population. Chicot State Park is the last park being used for this purpose, with the others having been opened back up as the Covid numbers go down. Because some of the areas where the patients are being housed are near the trail, portions of the 20 mile loop are closed temporarily, forcing this to be turned into an extended out and back.

But you will still get to see views like this!! 


The park really loves this event, and they have always been super supportive, and, like me, they don't want this event to go away, so they are opening as much as the trail as possible.
I know this will affect numbers, and that I will probably lose money on this race. I have been in a deficit with the races since Covid, but have supplemented them from my personal income to keep them going because I know that Loup Garou and Red Dirt are run on the two most beautiful and diverse trails in Louisiana, and the community that the races are building deserves it.
The race will be 10 mile out and backs, so 20 mile legs. (Yes, just 100 miles for the 100 miler this year - lol) For those of you who are signed up and choose not to do it this year, I will roll your registration over til next year. For those of you who choose to come out to help keep this race alive and enjoy this beautiful trail and the fantastic volunteers who dedicate their weekends to helping you reach your goal, thank you and welcome! We will have the same great food, same high level of support, and beer. Maybe extra beer this year.

You can expect the same Cajun hospitality! 

I am being assured that this is not permanent, and the trail may be fully open by early next year, but they are hesitant until they are confident the Covid numbers will continue to drop. It is just crappy luck on our part.
So, if you are looking for a rollover, email me at PaixRunning@gmail.com.
I suspect this will be one of the best parties Loup Garou has seen to date. Looking forward to seeing you all out there and happy running!
Edie

Monday, August 9, 2021

Latest Course Info

 As of now, a portion of the trail at Chicot State Park is still closed.  The state was using the North campground to house Covid patients during the first surge of the pandemic.  The latest word from the state is that they will know by September if they are keeping it closed or reopening the entire trail.  We are currently planning for either possibility with the race - either repeating the out and back scenario from last year (shaving a few miles off of the 100 miler so it won't be quite as long), or, best case scenario, we will have the whole loop and go back to the way the race is meant to be run.

Thank you to everyone for your patience with this. It has been very frustrating on our part, but it is completely out of our control.  As always, you will be well taken care of but some of the best volunteers out there, and you will be well fed when you finish.  Here's hoping we get to go back to our full loop course!  I will keep you updated as I learn more.


Edie

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Race week email!

 Here is the email that went out today to all runners with last minute details.  See you all this weekend! 


Happy December!  

Crazy that this year is almost over, but the even better news is that we get to spend this weekend together in a beautiful place! 

Here are the last minute details, including a much simpler route now that we have the distance nailed down.  Also below are crew instructions, and other important info, and it will make all of our lives easier if you take the time to read this all the way through.

COURSE: We suspected the backside of the loop (where you will be running) held some of the shorter "miles", and we were correct.  The distance from the pavillion all the way to the Mud N Guts turnaround just before the mile 8 marker is approx 10 miles.  We used 4 different devices to measure, and of course they were all different, but the average reading for the distance is slightly over 10 miles.  So there will be no intermediate turn arounds on the trail.  EVERY distance will run the whole segment to the Mud N Guts aid station, where your drop bags will be waiting for you as well as a fully stocked aid station.  You will hit an aid station every 3 - 4 miles on the trail, and each aid station will have warm food and vegan options, especially for the ultra distances during the later hours. 

20 milers - 1 out and back; 40 milers - 2, etc.  Each lap, you have to come back to the start/finish aid station to check in.

DROP BAGS
As mentioned, Drop Bags will be at the halfway turnaround point(East Landing Trailhead).   Bring your drop bags to packet pickup on Friday evening, or to the pre race packet pickup on Saturday.  Bib numbers are assigned on Ultrasignup, so be sure to write your bib numbers on your bag as that is how it will be sorted.  

CREW ACCESS 
Your crew will be able to see you at the start/finish and at the East Landing Trailhead (turnaround point).  The East Landing Trailhead is on Spillway Road.  We ask that when your crew waits at either aid station (East Landing or Start/Finish) that they keep well away from the aid station itself in order to respect the social distancing guidelines, and to stay out of the way of our aid station workers.

DO NOT speed in the park, you will get a ticket.  Any crew caught speeding by the park staff risks causing their runner to be disqualified.  

PLEASE let your crew know that all food and drinks (INCLUDING COFFEE) at the aid station is for runners or pacers ONLY.  If they need coffee, it might be a good idea for them to bring their own. This has been a strain on our aid stations in the past as the crews can impede the volunteers' ability to properly care for the runners.  We are happy to have your crews out there, but the supplies provided are not for them, but for the runners and pacers.

PACERS
Pacers can be picked up at the Start/Finish or East Landing Trailhead.  Pacers do not need a bib and have free access to all aid station fare as well as food and drink at the finish line.  Check out the Race Doc at www.LoupGarouTrailRun.com for more details on pacers.

DNF/Dropping/Left the Iron on at home
The ONLY aid stations to drop at are the Start/Finish and East Landing Trailhead (turnaround).  If you decide to drop, it is very important that you tell the aid station so that we aren't looking for you all day Sunday.

COURSE CONDITION
While marking the trail yesterday, there were a few wet spots from last weekend's rain, but overall the trail is in fantastic shape.  There are a few reroutes because of some of the larger trees that the hurricanes knocked over, but they are easy to follow and will be well marked.  For the newbies to this trail - it is pretty rooty in spots, but Mother Nature was kind enough to give you a soft blanket of leaves to cover the roots. Also, the wooden bridges yesterday were a little slick in spots, so I strongly recommend walking those, especially when you are passing someone.  They are wide enough to pass, but as a courtesy, walking as you pass someone would be welcome.

COURSE MARKING 
We will have plenty of contractor flags along the trail that have a reflective strip - very easy to spot day or night.  When heading out they will be on your right, when heading back to the start/finish ... yep, they'll be on your left.  It will be very hard to get lost, but I have faith that someone will find a way...

Please see the race doc at www.LoupGarouTrailRun.com for the address to plug into your GPS. Don't enter Chicot State Park - it gets you to an old group camp area, nowhere near the start.

There is a $3 per person fee to enter the park for the day.  When you stop to pay it, please be sure to thank the park staff for allowing us to have the race under these crazy circumstances, and thank them for working so hard to clear the trail from hurricane damage in time for the race.

START LINE - We will be starting our 7:00 runners (ultra distances), and our 8:00 runners in waves this year.  We will start with the lowest bib number and start you in groups of 20 to allow for space between runners in the starting area as well as on the trail.  Waves will be in 1 minute intervals, and any time you spend waiting in the start area will be deducted from your time before it is uploaded.  Please follow instructions the morning of the race so that you start in the right wave.

FINISH LINE - We are happy to provide one free bowl of gumbo or vegan chili and a local craft beer to each runner and pacer.  This is expensive on our part, but we want you all to get the full Cajun treatment.  Please help us to continue to offer this service by sticking to a single serving (it will be generous), and reminding your crew to bring their own food.  

I think that should cover it (but I know there will be additional questions). For general queries, visit the website = www.LoupGarouTrailRun.com.  

Safe travels and see you all this weekend!!!! 
Edie