The 5th annual Wild Azalea Trail Challenge is slated for January 7, 2017 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 continuous trail in the entire state of Louisiana. No other trail even comes close to the beauty and topography which abounds along the Wild Azalea.
Local time: 9:06 AM
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. The trail includes visible 1/2 mile markers.
There will be 6 participant classes: 13, 27 or 50 Mile Ultra Individual; 27 or 50 Mile Mountain Bike; 27 Mile Bike/Run Duathlon. First leg of duathlon will bike 15 miles while the 2nd leg will run 12 miles. The duathlon exchange point will be at the intersection of the Azalea Trail and Louisiana Hwy 488 (Twin Bridges Rd) and Messina Road. This is the same location as the beginning of the 1/2 marathon. We will provide transportation for those needing transport to this point and we will transport your bike back to the finish line. This area will also be the location of an aid station. All Mountain Bike and the Duathlon Division will go off approximately 30 minutes before runners
Early Entry fee are:
$ 35.00 - 1/2 Marathon Run
$ 45.00- 27 Mile Ultra Run or Bike
$ 45.00- 27 Mile Ultra Duathlon
$ 65.00- 50 Mile Ultra Trail Run or Bike
Fees increase as we get closer to race date!
The Wild Azalea Trail carries the honor of being the longest Running/Hiking trail in the state. It runs from the town of Woodworth to Valentine Lake in Gardner. 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/Mt. Bike and 1/2 Marathoner 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) to your respected starting lines in Woodworth, Louisiana and Twin Bridges Road for last minute discussions and start. Mt. Bike and Duathlon Divisions will begin at 8:00 am followed by the 27 Mile Ultra at 8:30. 1/2 Marathoners will start at 9:00am. All participants are welcome to park at their respected starting points as we will be running shuttles back to these points after each 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!!
13 & 27 Mile and duathlon Finishers will receive a finisher’s t-shirt and medal confirming your bragging rights.
50 Mile finishers will receive a t-shirt and medal 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.