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!

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.


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.

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.  

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 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.

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.

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!!!! 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 Paix Running

2020 Covid Protocol

  • Race Start

    • Each race start will have staggered start times.  Groups of 20 will be released every minute based on bib number.  

    • Only when your group is due to start next can you enter the start area.

    • Participants will be encouraged to keep their distance while waiting to start - there is plenty of space at the start/finish for this. 

    • Masks are required until the race starts (we will have volunteers to pick up disposable masks after the race starts).  

  • Aid Stations

    • Volunteers with masks and gloves will be in front of the table to hand individual servings of food items to runners.

    • Volunteers will fill runners bottles / packs.

    • Please keep a safe distance from other runners while at aid stations.

    • Hand sanitizer spray will be available at aid stations.  Volunteers will be available to spray runners’ hands if desired.

    • Aid station workers will put on fresh gloves often during the event.

    • Any point of physical contact at the aid station (water jugs, etc) will be sanitized often.

  • Finish area

    • Social distancing is in place, there is plenty of room to spread out. 

    • Our food volunteers will hand food and drinks to runners.

    • Crews are welcome to set up in the designated areas as long as they keep their distance from other crews.

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 (http://www.loupgaroutrailrun.com/p/race-doc.html), 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!