Screaming Monkey - A Wild Race around a Chimpanzee Sanctuary
The 6th annual Screaming Monkey will kick off at Eddie D. Jones Park in Keithville, Louisiana on the 2nd of November 2024. Eddie D. Jones is unofficially known as The Monkey Trails due to its proximity to a National Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Runners will hear the nearby primates during many sections of the trail as the course encricles the 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, 50K, or a 50 miler.
The course itself will feature miles and miles of undulating, technical single track, and select equestrian/utv trails. During the day you will also be serenaded by the bells from the Veterans Cemetery at the park entrance. The trail 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. All 50 mile, 50K, and 25K participants will enjoy a quality 15.5-mile technical loop trail. Each loop has about 1050 feet of elevation gain and loss.
All races begin at 7 a.m. There will be a 14 hr. cut; all distances must be finished by 9 p.m. on 11/02/24. Awards will be given at 9 am (10K), Noon (25k), 3 pm (50K) and 7 pm for 50 mile.
We are doing a 50 miler this year! I don't know what the finisher award is yet; it will not be a buckle. The course will be 3 loops of the 15.5 mile loop and a bonus loop 5k+.
The course itself is a 15.5 MILE LOOP; it's about 75% single-track trails, 12% wide rolling hill equestrian trails, and less than 11% small gravel and 2% road. The soil is a moderately packed surface generously mixed with roots, rocks, and some water depending on the weather. This course has about 1100 ft. of elevation per 15.5 mile loop. It's a up and down, in an out course with varied terrain. It's tough but fair! This course is a beast but at the same time, it's FUN! If you are up for a challenge and you want a good race at a good venue at a great price....surrounded by great people then this is the event you want to attend.
The cut for the 25k and 50k is the same as the 50 mile cut....you have plenty of time. Pacers are on a by permission basis and require RD consent. We allow drop bags and they will be at the aid station you pass at mile 9, and mile 14.
There is an aid station at the start/finish area you will access at the end of each loop, and 2 aid stations on-course (one of which will be accessed twice).
- Aid Station 1:Start/Finish
- Aid Station 2:Mile 5
- Aid Station 3:Mile 9; drop bag access
- Aid Station 3:Mile 14; drop bag access
- Aid Station 1:Start/Finish
Discounts for Veterans
WE DO HAVE A VETERAN DISCOUNT! EMAIL RD FOR PARTICULARS.
Camping & Accomodations
There are many Hotels convenient to the race site. Enter the zip code 71106 to find hotels on the South Side of Shreveport. Also, FREE camping is available at the race site within the park. We ask that you have fires in pits and clean up after yourself. This is a perk only available on race weekend.
Event's current local time: 7:11 AM CT
Also, some RV pads are available but boondocking rules apply. Please contact the RD if you would like to RV camp by 10/09/24.