Monday, January 23, 2017

Directions to the Red Dirt Start/Finish Line!

Since this is in a National Forest, there is not set address for the start/finish parking area. Technically it is the Day Use parking area on Park Road 395. The most direct way to find it is to plug the GPS coordinates into your map app: 31.478666, -93.103274
Be sure you enter them exactly as they read, including the comma. Here are directions from both the east and west:
From Leesville (west):
North on Hwy 117
Right on Hwy 59 (Longleaf Pine Rd)
Right on Park Road 395 (Day Use Parking Area) This is the start/finish.
From Shreveport or Alexandria -
Exit 119 (Cloutierville Exit), head west 5.2 miles
Right onto Longleaf Pine Road (the road is to the right shortly after you pass Bolton Cemetery), drive 12.8 miles until you see the sign for the Day Use parking area (park road 395) on the left. This is parking as well as the start finish.
Easy to find, there is just no real address to plug in, sorry!!

Monday, January 16, 2017

SFuel at Red Dirt!

For a while now, I have been following a Low Carb, High Fat diet, and have seen great results with it so far.  I am excited that we will be able to offer SFuel bars for our runners to try at Red Dirt, and they fit perfectly into a LCHF diet!

Check them out here:  (click the image)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Red Dirt Course Map

For those of you asking about a course map, here it is.  The green is the course the runners will follow, the red is the main paved road through the park that the crews can use to access their runners in two spots.  The distances between the aid stations are marked.  

The 50k'ers, you will do the outside loop once.
The 100k'ers, you will do the outside loop twice.
The 100 milers will do the 7 mile out and back on the first loop, then that section will be roped off for the second and third loops.  You won't need to bring this map with you for the race.  The course will be very well marked with reflective ribbons on landscaping flags.  The flags should always be on your right side on the trail.  This way, if you leave the course to take advantage of the natural bathrooms on the trail, and get disoriented, you know which direction to head.

We tested out our reflective markings recently, and they are very bright when hit with a headlamp or flashlight.  As long as you have a good light, you will have no problem staying on the trail! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Consider joining us for a group run on the Red Dirt course on the weekend of December 17th!   We have groups that are doing the entire 31 mile loop, some who are doing half of that distance (we will be staging cars half way), and others who may want a shorter distance who are doing an out and back.  This is tent camping, so bring your own camping supplies, food and drink.  The campground where we stay has a bathroom with a toilet and sink, but no shower.  The fee for camping is $3 per person per night.

Check out the link to the Facebook event, but if you have any additional questions, email Edie at  Hope to see you all there!

Monday, October 17, 2016

First Timers!

One of the things that I love the most about hosting Red Dirt is the ability it gives me to introduce new people to the rewarding sport of ultrarunning.  Something we are doing that is a little difference is our First Timers' Club.  It takes a ton of courage to sign up for a new distance, and I want to recognize the people who take that leap of faith.  In addition to the usual race swag, I am working on an extra keepsake for these folks to make the memories of their first time a little more special!  If you are a First Timer at Red Dirt (first ultra, or first time at that particular distance), and you are not on this list, email Edie at to be added.

THANK YOU to everyone on this list for your faith in my race team!  You can be sure that we will take good care of you - now you just have to do the work to get there.   --Edie

Monday, September 26, 2016

Training has begun!

Last week marked the beginning of the 20 week training plans for Red Dirt Ultra!  I know you guys will put in the hours of work which all add up to make that finish line so much sweeter.  If you are looking for sample training schedules, there is one for each distance posted on the Red Dirt Ultra Facebook page. Check them out, and if you have any questions, message us and we will be happy to help. 

Only you can stop yourself from achieving your goals.  Do the work.  We will be waiting for you at the finish line with hugs, smiles, and a medal or buckle made just for you.

Happy Running! 


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Race Partners!

We are excited to announce two key partnerships for Red Dirt:  Altra and V-Fuel! 

As an added benefit, the top male and female at each distance (50k, 100k, and 100 miler) will win a FREE pair of the Altra's of your choice!  Check out this great brand here. (Click on the logo)

Also, each aid station will be fully stocked with V-Fuel Endurance Drink as well as plain water. I have used this product and have been very impressed with how it makes me feel during my long runs. Here is all of the info you need on this great product. (Click on the logo)

As you guys probably know by now, we are working our hardest to ensure that you have the best possible race experience at Red Dirt. We have a great mix of seasoned ultra runners and first timers that will be on the course, and we want to be sure that you guys have every advantage possible to help you reach your goal.  This is why we are only partnering with brands that we use and believe in.  

We are grateful to these two great brands for their support of the Red Dirt Ultra!