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!
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.
Race Day Registration is AVAILABLE!
12hr Racer Signup/Check-in
5:00am - 5:45am
12hr - Start: 6:00am - Finish: 6:00pm
1 Lap Racer Signup/Check-in
7:00am - 7:45am
1 Lap - Start: 8:00am
3 & 6hr Racer Signup/Check-in
8:00am - 8:45am
3 & 6hr - Start: 9:00am - Finish: 12:00pm and 3:00pm respectively
Rules: All runners must follow the course in the correct order, breaking of the trail and skipping sections is grounds for automatic disqualification. 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.
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 no how to tell SEX or AGE!
Race Day Registration is NOT AVAILABLE!
$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!
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 100miler.
New Rules for 2017: First time runners and females that complete 7 or more Laps will get a Custom Belt. Moving forward to 2018 Males will need to run 8 laps and Females will need to run 7.
"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 - 2x Beast Belt Claimer 7 laps in 2015 & 9 Laps in 2016
1 Week Out SIGNUPS:
You will most likely not get a shirt race day. Shirts will be available at Muddy Water Paddle Co. in Baton Rouge at a later date. Shipping will be available at racer's expense.
Also, unfortunately you will not receive the unique finisher medal due to the fact that orders have to be 100+ and we ordered for 140 to start and we expanded numbers due to so much request.
Thanks for understanding!
Camping is $20(CASH ONLY) per a tent to be paid to Race Director morning of the race. Honor Code people!!!
Local time: 3:55 AM