NEW DATE! Aug 15th 2020
Beast For A Day has been rescheduled for Aug 15th 2020. We are super excited and hope you will plan to join us. We will have ways to help runners cool down between each lap such as sprinklers and extra ice!
Super excited to be back racing!
COVID Safety Plan Part 1:
We realize some people will disagree with some of these actions. Please realize these things were required to be put into place so we could host this event!
Your cooperation and following of these rules could have impact on WHOA Racing being allowed to host races at Louisiana State Parks:
COVID SAFETY PLAN: Updated 7/17/20 6:23pm
The below plan will be put into place for the safety of all participants, race staff, volunteers, spectators and site staff.
First thing...if anyone has any symptoms we ask that stay home!
All participants, race staff, volunteers, spectators will be required to wear a safety mask at all times. The only exception will be racers taking off their mask immediately prior to their particular event start.
We will NOT have social gatherings at the Race Site, which encompasses the Start/Finish Line and Race Trailer. If you are bringing family/friends to support you, please inform them they will NOT be able to wait for you at the Race Site. The Park is large enough to provide a waiting/gathering area but please be aware of others and keep a minimum 6ft distance at all times!
Every participant must be at least 6ft away from each other and stand on the DESIGNATED RED Flagged AREAS spaced out every 10ft. Your check-in time begins 1 Hour prior to your race start! Only come to the race site at this time. Signs will be posted and social distance markers (Red Tape) will be placed on the ground.
Approach Timing Trailer to receive your Bib#/pins, Race Swag, Finisher Medal, and Race Food/Drink. These items will be bagged for each racer and sanitized!
All Staff will have gloves and masks on. We will frequently be using cleaners and sanitizer for your protection and ours.
As our races already have a no paper or plastic policy, every participant must supply their own hydration container, and the provided water/Gatorade will ONLY be dispensed by our volunteers.
Covid Safety Plan Part 2:
Racers will start in 5-10a second intervals: These waves will mitigate contact and wind trailing behind other runners. For your understanding: If a runner starts at a 9 min a mile pace they would be 15 yards ahead of the next runner!
At the start of the racers will line up according to their “minutes per mile”. 7-8 minute per mile will line up in the front, 9-10 minutes per mile, and so on down the line. We will NOT micromanage this but will facilitate it taking place.
Hand Sanitizer will be available and will be encouraged to be used immediately after receiving your packet and upon finishing your race.
We will follow ALL Park rules and regulations and encourage you to follow common sense hygiene and to take personal responsibility for your own health/safety concerns and social distancing.
We are doing our best to provide a safe and fun environment for you to MOVE in a positive and challenging way. Please, let’s continue to extend mutual respect to one another, our WHOA Staff & WHOA Volunteers.
Additionally, we will ask that you pass ONLY another runner on the sections of the course that provide ample space to practice safe social distancing. Also, when passing do NOT immediately cut over in front of the passed runner. Cutting in front of a runner will put them in your jet stream thus causing them to breathe your air. Be courteous and be aware.
Per USATF we will...
1. On the day of the event we will survey all runners when approaching the RACE SITE to confirm (self-reporting) no signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in past 7 days (OR at least 7 days from onset of any COVID-19 infection signs or symptoms AND at least 72 hours since signs / symptoms have resolved).
2. Perform temperature checks on all participants and staff to insure no participants have a fever/potentially COVID-19.
If the race becomes Virtual, participants will have the Beast trail to use on there own for the day of the race. We will be at the Park as observers and to give any course instructions. There will be no timing, no bibs, and no water.
Dr. Kasey Hill with Power Running & Ochsner Health Systems
Gerry Lane Buick+GMC
UltrAspire Hydration and Lumens
1 Lap (5.62 Miles)
Beast For A Day Ultras:
The Beast is ready for its next victims..... You think you can conquer The Beast? Prove it!!!
Run 1 Lap or 3, 6 or 12 hours (or as long as you can take the pain!) THE BEAST Trail (now officially called the West Feliciana Park Trail or something boring like that). For anyone not familiar with The Beast, it is a 5.62 mile loop with a good number of hills and a lot of tight turns. Considered one of the more technical trails in Louisiana, the Beast caters to all levels of runners. At any given position along the course, a runner is no more than a 3/4 mile walk through open grass field to S/F. Whether you want to run 2 laps are 10 this is going to be a day filled with tons of fun!
Runners must have adequate water/hydration pack (Recommended at least 24-48oz) ORANGE MUD Single or Double Barrels are a perfect fit for this course!
Start/Finish AID Station will have plenty of food, water, snacks, hydration, gu's, gels etc. along with a team ready to help you get in and out as soon as possible.
Midway AID Station will only have hydration and will be self serve.
All Racers will receive a nice Tri-Blend Race Shirt.
Racers will be recognized for Laps Completed Only! No Age Group, Male or Female awards. This race doesn't know how to tell SEX or AGE!
$500 to $1,000 CASH Prize!
See if you can do it! We dare you to try…Obey any and all rules set forth until the race is over.
Run the course without cutting corners
Run 11 laps within the prescribed 12 hour limit = win $500!
Run 12 laps within the prescribed 12 hour limit = win $1000!
Only 1 WINNER Period.
i.e. Fastest runner to 11 laps or 12 wins. Again, ONLY 1 WINNER!
It is doable but it won't be easy!
The current record holder is Ondrej Blaha with 10 laps in 11hr15min...
Also, say you ran 11 laps and would win $500 but want to attempt to double your cash and run the 12th lap, you then void winning the $500. Basically, double or nothing! High risk, High reward!
***Runners competing for the cash prizes must prove they ran the proper course through GPS data.
Per Warren Kimball:
For those of you who have never run the Beast trail before, I thought I'd give a brief description of the course and a few suggestions (note, my tips are mostly addressed to those that are running the twelve hour, since this is what I'm doing, or if you aren't planning on running super hard the whole time). I haven't run this race before but I've spent lots of time running this trail and I train on it regularly, including a number of pretty long runs (up to 30 miles). The trail is shaded about 99% of the time but it runs along a creek and it can still be hot if the humidity is high. It is a 5.6~ mile loop. It begins with a pretty fast downhill that you could easily run too fast if you are running the 12 hour race. The first mile or so of the trail is mostly flat or downhill. The surface is either hard-packed dirt or sand, and some of the sandy sections can be hard to run in, but most of these are pretty short. After the first mile or so you will hit the most hilly sections of the course over the next 3 miles. The hills are not long, but they are steep,and the trail is rutted out and full of roots (word of warning, you'll probably fall a few times). I think each loop only has a couple hundred feet of elevation gain but it will feel like more. Some of the hills climb from the lower section of the course and exit the woods leading to a short flat section outside the tree line that will lead you back into the woods and downhill on the trail. These short flats outside of the woods are a great chance to get your heart rate down before getting back on the trail. There are a couple of sections of the trail that have some switchbacks and some that just cut straight up and down the hills. In my experience, I've found that as long as you can control your heart rate/effort level on the uphills, they are runnable. What can really take its toll are the downhills--they are steep and the pounding they give can really wear on your hips/ankles/feet. I like to relax when running down these and consciously try to run in a way that minimizes impact. After about 4 miles or so, there is a really steep hill that runs along the side of the creek (which will be to your left) that is probably the biggest hill on the course, but then the trail flattens out for almost another mile as you run along the creek back towards the start/finish. This is my favorite part of the course because you can really make up some time here, even if you run slow. If you feel like pushing a section, this would be the spot to do it since it won't wear you down like the hilly part will. Also keep in mind, if after about halfway through a loop you feel that you are going too slow, just know that you will most likely make up time in this last mile. Near the end of this section you will run through an opening where there is an archery range, and this is maybe a half mile or less to the finish. You will climb a hill after this and see the opening where the start area/parking lot is, but you're not done yet. The trail takes a sharp left and runs up and down a couple more hills and through the little wooded section that runs along the parking lot before you exit the trail and get to start all over again. That's about it! There's a reason they call this trail The Beast! The first few laps may even feel easy but it can really wear you down!
Rules: All runners must follow the course in the correct order, breaking of the trail and skipping sections is grounds for automatic disqualification. Trail cameras will be in place to keep track of runners! All runners must complete each lap within a 2 hour limit. Runners must Check-in at START/FINISH when arriving and Check-out when leaving to head back on to the course.
12 Hour Runners DNF Policy: If you have equal to or more time left on the clock to start and finish a lap then your average lap time at the completion of your last lap and decide not to continue then (you) the runner has decided to quit knowing they are DNFing.
For example: 6 laps finished in 10 hours (1hr40min avg) / 2 hours remain... you must continue or DNF!
The one exception is if a runner has reached the 7laps then they can quit whenever they want after the BEAST BELT is earned.
I installed this rule because runners signing up for the 12 hour race are trying to run 12hours and did not signup for a 9 hour race. I want to inspire others to push beyond their mental and physical limits. At first I had a little pushback from this hard line I made but during and after the race the runners that came through and knew they would either DNF or run another lap and finished with the greatest sense of joy, accomplishment and satisfaction.
Also, any racer trying to break records and/or go after the cash prizes may not take water, hydration, gels, food, helping hands, or any assistances except within the (Start/Finish) area.
Additionally, any racer trying to break records and/or go after the cash prizes may not use hiking sticks or any other form of walking/running assistance for the duration of the race.
Lastly, No Pacers are allowed for any distance.
"No amount of running or training will prepare you for The Beast. You must find the beast in your heart and unleash it! If you want to see what you are made of then this is the ultimate test! I honestly think a most runners can do 7 Laps and earn the coveted belt. Question is....can they unleash the beast!"
- Jason Cheek - 3x Beast Belt Claimer 7 Laps 2015 - 9 Laps 2016 - 10 Laps 2017
12hr & 6hr Check-in:
5:00am - 5:45am
Start: 6:00am - Finish: 5:00pm & 11:00am
7:00am - 7:45am
Start: 8:00am - Finish: 11:00am
1 Lap Check-in:
7:00am - 7:45am
Start: 8:15am - Finish when you are finished!
Famous BEAST Belt:
Think high quality wide Full Grain single piece leather belt custom branded with "BEAST" and the number of laps ran. The belt will be snapback and ready to show off your next 100mile buckle...we recommend the Children of the Cane 100 (link below)
Complete 7 or more Laps to get your Custom BEAST Belt.
Camping is $20(CASH ONLY) per a tent to be paid to Race Director morning of the race. Honor Code people!!!
We will do our best to insure the event takes place!
Local time: 7:28 AM
NO Refunds or Rain Checks or Transfers to Other Runners will be available.
In the current world of pandemics, disasters and such a virtual option will be created if we are forced to cancel. All virtual participants that submit results and data will receive shirts and appropriate medals.