Screaming Monkey 100
The 2nd annual Screaming Monkey 100 will kick off at Eddie D. Jones Park in Keithville, Louisiana on 4 April, 2020. Eddie D. Jones is unofficially known as The Monkey Trails due to its proximity to a National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Monkey Trails is a Top 10 Mountain Bike destination in Louisiana and is large enough to support sizeable loops; runners will have the option of a 10K, 25K, or ultra distances of a 50K, 100K and a 100 miler.
The course itself will feature miles and miles of undulating, technical single track and a section of wide-open equestrian trails. Runners will hear the nearby primates during many sections of the trail. The terrain varies from technical forest track to pine-straw-covered, rolling red-clay hills. There is even a ravine section that will make you wonder if you're still in Louisiana. 100M, 100K, 50K, and 25K participants will go through the gates of a Louisiana State Prison that shut down in 2012.
In April, NW Louisiana weather is unpredictable but will likely be a little humid and as we all know April showers bring May flowers. Average weather in April is a high of 77 and a low of 54 and the record high is 92 and a low of 32. The course itself is about 65% single-track trails, 30% wide rolling hill equestrian trails and less than 5% asphalt. The soil is a moderately packed surface generously mixed with roots, rocks and some water depending on weather. Air quality should not be of any concern as we are away from the city breathing country air.