Concerning CoVid-19 and La Nuit
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we are limiting our park races to 50 people total and making our 5k, 10k, and 1 mile runs virtual runs. Our hour runs will be kept at the park, as long as the park is open at that time. If Dallas county closes parks due to the virus, all runs will automatically become virtual races. Currently the park is open and we anticipate it will remain open for the summer time.
Finishers of the 5k and 10k races will receive medals this year as a special thank you for running the races virtually. One more change- we have added in a 2 Mile race down the Escarpment trail on race day. This race will receive the usual age category winnings, and overalls as the previous 5k and 10k did.
La Nuit Trail Run (The Night, in French)
Virtual Races: 1M ($20); 5k ($35); 10k ($45) Pick a date a time between July 20-26, 2020.
*All virtual races must be timed and tracked through the Strava free app for phones and then uploaded to us. We will send you a link. You will receive a medal once all of the scores are in and we mail them out. T-shirts must be ordered separately.
Park Races and Times
*All Park Races are chip timed, and all receive finishers medals if they finish the race.
6:45 PM 2 Mile ($25)
7:30 PM 6 Hour ($75), 9 Hour ($85), 9 Hour Relay Races ($255)
7:45 PM 3 Hour ($65)
La Nuit is a moderate to difficult trail race due to the terrian. The trails have a variety of tracks ranging from straight up to switch back, straight down with some twists and turns, and then to flat and steady ups and downs. Runners traverse through forested areas, around a pond, and some grass land type areas. Many of the trails have steps made of rock or wood beams, and the trails consist of rock, mulch, dirt, and small gravel. This is the perfect park for night running, with all trails within a mile or two of the starting line. The trails are well marked with reflective signs and ropes, and the same 3.5 mile loop is repeated through the night so runners do get familiar with the route-it is a strenuous one! I think the greatest number of miles ran in our 9 hour has been around 40 miles.
*You need to sign up before July 19, 2020 to be able to order a t-shirt.
* All hour runners must start their last loop 20 minutes before their cut off time- and yes, they must finish that loop. There will also be free Breakfast food items for runners, and a special mid-night snack.
*Walk-up registration on the day of the run.
*PACKET PICK UP will be at The Runner in Arlington on Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23. Packet Pick up will also be at the run on Friday, July 24th, startiing at 5:45 pm.
*There is one Aide station located at the start/finish line. All races will loop back through this area at the end of every 3.2 mile loop.*Restrooms are also at the start/finish line.
*First Aide supplies will also be at the aide stations, medical personnel onsite or nearby.
*All proceeds benefit Equip Disciples, a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization in Texas. They host discipleship training conferences for remote Bible study leaders in DR Congo, Rwanda, and the rainforests of Costa Rica. Proceeds from this race provide for our international staff support and scholarships for Bible study leaders who work in dark, challenging places, to attend our training conferences.
This is a tough little race, and comes with some bragging rights! Hope you will join us!
Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve
Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve makes for a fun filled challenging but beautiful run. You will run on a variety of trails from mulch, solid rock, gravel, dirt, steps made of dirt or rock, and wooden bridges over small creeks. The trails are a series of switch backs, some flat areas, and some straight up and downs, with some wide trails and some narrow. The area is wooded, with small streams and creeks through-out. There is also a large pond, a lookout tower, and a birdwatching hut. Of course you may not see all of these things since it is a night run! The terrian is mildly strenuous, and may be walked or run. Running hills ahead of time will help you prepare for the elevations. Here are some brief owl's view of the runs.
The 2 mile Escarpment Trail race is straight down the Escarpment trail 1 mile to the pond, and back uphill 1 mile to the finish. All Hour Races follow the same 3.2 mile loop
After a brief section of wide trail at the start, the loop starts down the Cattail Pond Trail-which is mostly an easy going trail downward to the upward turning and climbing starcases of Fossil Valley Trail and the beautiful Trout Lilly Trail (very fun to run downhill!- but you will be going uphill!), and then down and around to Cattail Pond. From there, you head up that trail with a gentle uphill to Red Oak Trail- a beautiful wooded short but technical trail to meet up with the Escarpment Trail. This trail is wider and uphill all the way to Mulberry Trail. Mulberry connects to the restful Prairie Trail which brings you back to the finish/start all over again. This whole section of trails is about 3.2 miles. All final loops must begin before the cut off time for their race ends. Winners are determined by the number of loops ran in the shortest amount of time. Everyone who finishes the 3, 6, or 9 hour races receive a finisher's medal. But the runners need to be running loops through out their time period. They are allowed to rest when needed.
9 Hour Relay
Each relay team will have 3 runners. Runner 1 runs the 3.2 mile loop, then hands off the chip timer to Runner 2. Runner 2 runs the 3.2 mile loop and hands off the chip timer to Runner 3. Runner 3 runs the 3.2 mile loop and then hands to chip timer back to number 1 again. And repeat. The fastest 2 teams with the most loops in the shortest amount of time following the cut off time, wins 1st and 2nd place repectively. Last loop must begin before the cut off time ends.
One Mile Hike-n-Run
Walkers will begin at the starting line, and follow the trail around to meet the Bluebonnet trail, take part of Mulberry Trail, and then back around to the finish. This trail is about .9 miles, and if the timing is right, provides the perfect spot to view the sunset. Bluebonnet is one of the more gentle trails through the woods and lookout areas. Great for an evening strole!
*do not come to the park if you feel sick or have a fever.
Local time: 9:08 PM
*Please respect the nature preserve and do not leave any trash on the trails or in the area.
*Stay on the trails, in fact, since this is a night run, please stay on the trails marked for the run so that you do not get lost. Even if you are familiar with the park, we are using the park in the afterhours, and we want to know where everyone is basically located. Anyone cutting the trail short or going off trail is subject to DQ.
*No dogs, strollers, bikes allowed on trails.
*Trekking poles are allowed.
*This is a cupless run, so bring a sport bottle, or collapsable cup, or camel back and you can refill at the aide stations. There will be both water and Gatorade at the aide station. Snacks at aide the station will include goldfish, wheat thins, pickles, bananas, and oranges. Be sure to hydrate before you run and eat something light. Save our heavy food for after the run!
*Watch out for fellow runners. Some of the trails are narrow, and some are wide. Use trail running etiquette.
*Entry fees are non-refundable, including the event of inclement weather. These trails do not close due to rain or wet trails, only if there is torrential and flooding rains, or bad thunder storms at the time of the race. If the storm is short lived, the event will be paused until it has passed.
*Entries cannot be rolled to another year.
*Event shirts not picked up on race day will not be mailed.
*Runners should have an id on them at all times, and bring their cell phones if they have them. Wear running shoes with grip if you have them.
*All runners will be required to wear a cooling bandana or fandana to raise over their nose and mouth while passing another runner or going into the restrooms.
*No alcohol or drugs permitted. *No one can change their race once the race begins. *You must run the designated course with no cheating or alternative routes, or you may receive a DQ.