Are we really gonna add a 100K Run in 2020? Sure... I mean, it's just natural that we infringe an additional 12 miles to the despondency that a January trail run in Louisiana can bring. So.. Yes, the 8th annual Wild Azalea is on for January 4, 2020 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: 4:55 AM
We still hold to our belief that the “old school way” of running and biking trails is the only way. So don't expect a finisher's tea set, official finish photo or other various as sundries. We go for great trails, pain, suffering, trail rash, beer, gumbo and jambalaya (not necessarily in that order). Our solicitors inform us that we have to encourage to compete only folks primarily in the intermediate to advance level of trail runner/biker, (that's done). The Wild Azalea is a well-maintained and mapped trail system, so navigation will be quite easy and reasonable. You won't get lost, period!! The trail includes visible 1/2 mile markers.
There will be 5 participant classes: 13.1 Mile Run, 27 Mile Ultra Run, 50 Mile Ultra Run and 100K Ultra Run; 27 and 50 Mile Mountain Bike. Both Mountain Bike events will go off approximately 30 minutes before runners
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 that will have you convinced you are not in Louisiana. 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/100K 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 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 Finishers will receive a finisher’s t-shirt and medal confirming your bragging rights.
50 Mile/100K finishers will receive a t-shirt and medal plus extra civilized trappings to be used for self obsession, if necessary.
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.