PART Vl: The Vision
Don't be fooled by the near-zero elevation gain of Port Allen, Louisiana. This is going to be one of the flattest yet most brutal and challenging ultra courses around, and your legs will be tortured. Although not an easy course if you are looking to PR this race is made for you. 1st Year Winner Alan Abbs who has run over 120+ Ultras dropped 40 minutes of his PR!
We have created a course that is challenging, ever changing, and sure to excite all runners. You will experience some of the South's deepest history while running on the property of multiple sugar cane plantations. Well, isn't that cool? Whether you're running the 50k, 50mi, 100k, or the 100-miler, we have some creepy, cool routes for each section.
-All 100-mile finishers receive a CHILDREN OF THE CANE Pewter buckle or Antique Cooper. Also, until we run out, special 100 Miles - One Day as well:
Sub 24 - Black & Pewter or Red & Pewter
Sub 20 - Silver
Sub 18 - Gold
All Pictured in scroll.
All Runners will get a super soft Tri-blend canvas shirt. You Will want to wear this one, folks.
Aid stations will be fully stocked with typical ultra foods and Louisiana specialties. Think BEST ultra race food ever. Fluids will be plentiful.
Altar of Sacrifice - Courses
Start Times: ALL DISTANCES 6:00am
ALL 50mi, 100k & 100m Runners should Start with a headlamp and expect about 1 hour before the sun comes up.
2020 Route: After the success of the 2019 route we are improving the route to be a seamless loop for all distances.
100 Miler (6 Loops)
100 K (4 Loops)
50 Miler (3 Loops)
50 K (2 Loops)
16.666mi (1 Loop)
All distances will run...
-ODD Loops Clockwise
-EVEN Loops Counter Clockwise
Dr. Kasey Hill with Power Running & Ochsner Health Systems
G. Endurance by Gatorade
Gerry Lane Buick+GMC
UltrAspire Hydration and Lumens
100 Mile - Right Of Passage
Since the beginning, runners of the 100 mile COTC have been treated to a "right of passage" at roughly miles 92. All 100 milers will venture through centuries old sugar mill ruins on their way to write about their journey in one of the two journal books, "Bright's Passage" or "The Alchemist". This is your chance to become become part of one of the few. This journey will add about .40 to the last loop.
Cutoffs / Limits
50k - 15 hours
50m - 20 hours
100k - 25 hours
100m - 34 hours
All Distances have cut off times but if someone is close to the finish the Race Director has the Sole Discretion to allow the runner to Finish Unofficially.
The CHILDREN - Volunteers
We will have a fine staff of "The CHILDREN" stalking and terrorizing you throughout the race…oh wait, I meant they will be waiting on you hand and foot at every aid station! Keep in mind that most people you will encounter on at Aid Stations and along the course are Volunteers and have given freely of their time to wipe your nose, fill your bottle and heal your nasty blister and chaffing bodies; so be nice! If you are mad at anyone be mad at yourself your asking to be tortured!
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED select the Green VOLUNTEER link next to the registration link at top of the page!
Packet Pickup / Check-in
Saturday ONLY! Arrive at minimum 30min prior to your race start.
Crew & Pacers
You don't need no stinking crew! But if you feel like you want some familiar faces on the course then please have them volunteer.
Pacers: Pacers will be allowed for the 100-mile runners only, starting after the runner reaches Aid Station 2 on Lap 4 (59 miles) or the start of the runners 5th Loop. These options will allow for pacing 41 miles or 33.33miles.
Aid Stations, Water Drops & Drop Bags
There will be 2 Aid Stations TOTAL on each loop and this includes the Start/Finish.
You will see these stations at these miles on each loop:
Aid Station 1: Mile 7
Main Aid: Start, Mile 15.70mi, Finish
Water/Limited Nutrition Drops:
Water Drop 1: 5mi
Water Drop 2: 12.5mi
You are welcome to have a SMALL Drop Bag for each Aid Station and Water Drop location. Please make sure your drop bags are labeled with your NAME & DISTANCE and Location for DROP i.e. Water Drop 1 etc.
WARNING: Please keep in mind that water drops are unmanned and run the risk of vandalization. We are not responsible for lost gear.
NO Refunds or Rain Checks or Transfers to Other Runners will be available.
However, If you should desire to drop down in distance you may do so until race start.
If you decide to drop in distance while racing you will be counted as DNF for the distance you registered. Thanks for your understating.
Louisiana weather can be up and down / left and right… but here are the averages for this time of year;
Temperature: Avg High 82, Avg Low 62
Humidity: Avg 50% (Low for La)
Rain: This is normally the driest month of the year!
Sun Rise: 6:59am Sunset: 6:49pm (Length of Daylight 11:48:32)
This course is very flat yet will be very challenging. What to expect greatly depends on the current weather conditions.
Some things to dream about…
-Soft Ball size chunks of dirt from grating tractors.
-Holes knee deep from tractors driving in to rain.
-Up/Down, Up/Down etc running over the top of rows of cane.
-High Growth Sugar Cane; can be sharp and will leave you smiling for days!
-Powdery dirt that floats and blows with the wind.
-Whole Fields on fire to burn the foliage off the cane.
-Rock roads on the Levee top.
-Mud for Days; if it rains…and I hope it does, the course will be the toughest race in the World…think 10% Finish Rate!
-Head Lamps: All 6:00am starters should prepare for a full hour of darkness.
-Hydration Minimum: 1 Bottle or bladder totaling a minimum of 24oz.
-Sunscreen, Sunglasses & Hat: Very little shade in Sugar Cane Fields.
"Why you should run the Children of the Cane 100M/100K/50K:
Local time: 4:29 AM
1) It is a good reason to go to Louisiana in the fall, and to New Orleans after the race
2) You get to run through sugar plantations
3) You get to run along the Mississippi River
4) You get to run on railroad tracks
5) You can be old like me and still possibly PR a 100 (I did by 40 minutes)
6) Louisianans have pretty cool accents and they are nice people
7) The aid stations were great, and the course was well marked
8) Did I mention New Orleans?
9) The t shirt and buckle are keepers!"
- Alan Abbs - Sacramento, California 130+ Ultra Races (2015 COTC Winner)
"This race is held in a place that makes me feel relaxed and free. The cane rows are majestic and full of energy. It is peaceful and beautiful. Aid stations were helpful with the best foods and snacks and helped me change socks and shoes several times. They even brought my specialized ice chest and had it for me ready at two aid stations. I plan on doing both these races every year until I retire from running. Variety of scenery from Sugar Cane Fields and running along the banks of the Mississippi River to running down railroad tracks and rutted up field rows. Almost the entire race you can see the state capital across the majestic Mississippi!"
- Jason Cheek - Baton Rouge, La (1st time 100 Miler - finished COTC in 19hr44min!!!)