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Welcome to the 10th annual Wild Azalea!! Yep, ten years of mud, flooding, tornados, hurricane debris, ice storms, government shutdowns, pandemic, and mucho tamales. Throughout all of these, the one constant has been the Wild Azalea!! The trail has survived them all, and by the looks of it will keep delivering its beloved misery and joy for all who seek to conquer its paths. As we say, there is no more excellent way to ring in the New Year than on the trails with like-minded souls. So without further adieu, let us formally invite you to the 10th annual Wild Azalea slated for January 8, 2022, 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. We still believe 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, key chains, bell-ringing as you finish, or other various sundries. We go for great trials, 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 that navigation will be easy and reasonable. You won't get lost, period!!
Local time: 8:29 AM
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, 27 and 50 Mile Mountain Bike. 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 route, you will pass through various 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 features are higher and hillier, with the Longleaf Pines gracing your path to the Finish line.
Please feel free to check out our Facebook link for all things Wild Azalea. It will serve as the race portal for all updates, additional info, and a forum for asking any questions related to the race.
And remember, this will be an official "NO WHINING" trail run, so don't enter if you are a Wendy Whiner. Our prices are still the cheapest in the region for trail running, and we intend to keep it that way. We've been price-gouged ourselves and don't believe we should treat our participants with that discourtesy.