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!

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!