Screaming Monkey 100
The 3rd annual Screaming Monkey 100 will kick off at Eddie D. Jones Park in Keithville, Louisiana on the 6th of November 2021. 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 select equestrian trails. Runners will hear the nearby primates during many sections of the trail. During the day you will also be serenaded by the bells from the Veterans Cemetery at the park entrance. 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. All 100M, 100K, 50K, and 25K participants will go around the Forcht-Wade Prison that shut down in 2012. (2021 Edit: Prison access may be limited due to a contract in place to tear prison down.) We currently have an excellent 15.6 mile loop laid out for race day. Each loop has about 950 feet of elevation gain and loss. The 100 mile and 100k will toe the line at 6 am on Saturday and 25k and 50k will go off at 7:30 am. Saturday. 10K will be on Sunday the 7th @ 7:30 am. Race subject to cancellation due to severe weather or State Health and Public Health mandate. In the case of severe weather, we will make every effort to host as much of the race as we safely can even if that means changing the hours or making race amendments.
The course itself is 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 weather. Air quality should not be of any concern as we are away from the city breathing country air. This race had a 22% finish rate for 100 milers in 2020. Let me assure you, it's not due to lack of support or aid. 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 than this is the event you want to attend.
Local time: 6:22 AM