Local time: 2:24 AM
The 3rd annual Wild Azalea Trail Challenge is slated for January 3, 2015 at 6:00 am in the Evangeline Ranger District of the Kisatchie National Forest just outside of Alexandria, Louisiana. At 26 miles, this is the longest contiguous trail in the entire state of Louisiana. No other trail even comes close to the beauty and topography which abounds along the Wild Azalea.
This years event will include a 27 mile and 50 mile Ultra Trail Run as well as a 27 mile Mt. Bike and 50 mile Mt. Bike. Relays will be available for the 27 mile trail run only
This event is for all who appreciate the “old school way” of running and biking trails and suits primarily the intermediate to advance level of trail runner/biker. The Wild Azalea is a well-maintained and mapped trail system so navigation will be quite easy and reasonable.
There will be 5 participant classes: 27 or 50 Mile Ultra Individual, 27 Mile Ultra Relay, 27 or 50 Mile Mountain Bike. Relay team limit is two members. First relay leg will run 15 miles while the 2nd relay leg will run 12 miles. The relay exchange point will be at the intersection of the Azalea Trail and Louisiana Hwy 488. At this intersection there is an ample parking lot for transfer to and from the point to the finish line. We will provide transportation for those team members needing transport back and forth from this point to the finish line. This area will also be the location of an aid station. Mountain Bike Division will go off approximately 30 minutes before runners
Entry fee are: $ 30.00- 27 Mile Ultra Run or Bike
$ 40.00- 27 Mile Ultra Trail Run Relay
$ 50.00- 50 Mile Ultra Trail Run or Bike
The Wild Azalea Trail carries the honor of being the longest Running/Hiking trail in the state. It runs from the town of Woodward to Valentine Lake. Along the trail you will pass through a variety of ecosystems. Parts of the trail are lower with hardwoods and lazy creeks creating a beautiful backdrop to your adventure. Other parts are higher and hillier with the Longleaf Pines gracing your path to the Finish line.
All 50 Mile Ultra runner participants must meet at Valentine Lake Campground entrance on race day no later than 5:30 am for the 6:00 am start. All 27 Mile Ultra and Mt. Bike participants need to be at the Valentine Lake Campground by 7:00 am. You will then be shuttled (last shuttle leaves at 7:30 sharp) first to the relay exchange point (for relay 2nd leg) and finally the start line in Woodworth Louisiana for last minute discussions and start. Mt. Bike Division will begin at 8:00 am followed by the 27 Mile Ultra at 8:30. You will be provided a MAP of the trail and locations of the self-service aid stations which we plan on placing approximately every 4-5 miles along the trail. It would be advisable for you to pack your cell phone in case of an emergency. We will provide contact numbers so we can get to you as quickly as possible.
Camping: For those wanting to camp, space is available at the Valentine Lake Campground located ½ mile from the race Start/Finish.
Food, Beer and Bragging will abound at the Finish Line!!
27 Mile will receive a finisher’s t-shirt confirming your bragging rights.
50 Mile finishers will receive a t-shirt, hat and extreme bragging rights
Please check out our Facebook link for all things Wild Azalea. It will serve as the race portal for all updates, additional info, and forum for asking any questions related to the race.