A group of us are planning on heading up to the Red Dirt trail on January 13th to camp for the night and get some running in. Any distance is welcome (you just turn around when you are half way done). Email Edie at PaixRunning@gmail.com for more information.
My name is Edie and I love my job. Or, should I say, "I love my jobs!" I work full time for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as a fundraiser, and for fun, I put on trail races. I hesitate to say that either of those are jobs, though, because I honestly love doing both of them. I currently have three trail races that I host: Red Dirt Ultra, Loup Garou Trail Run, and Chicot Challenge 100 Mile Trail Relay, all in my beautiful home state of Louisiana!
I started running trails in 2008 and ultra distance trail races in 2009. Since then I have run 27ish (I can't remember) ultras, with 4 of them being 100 milers. Leading into 2015, I started to see some race directors around the country who didn't seem to have their runners' safety and success as their top priority. Many of my early ultras were put on by Joe Prusaitis, formerly of Tejas Trails, and those wonderful events were what formed my idea of what a trail race should be. I guess I was spoiled. Joe's races always had well stocked aid stations, most being manned by experienced trail and ultra runners, his courses were well marked and nearly impossible to get lost on, and he was a fixture at the finish line, handing out medals, buckles and hugs (he gives the BEST post-race hugs) to every single runner. Since then, Joe has retired, but he remains a dear friend and inspiration for Paix Running. It was after a few cringe-worthy experiences at other trail races that I had my revelation - that our sport and our runners deserved better. Hence, the birth of Paix Running (paix=peace in French). Next month we are hosting the inaugural Loup Garou Trail Run on our home trail of Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, Louisiana. My volunteers and I know every inch of this trail and love our girl (we have deemed the Chicot trail female because she can be a beauty and a beast all on the same run - I'm a girl, I can say that). We are all excited to show off her beauty to all of the runners coming out there for the first time. I think my team and I are more excited than you guys are for this race! I just unveiled the ever growing list of First Timers at Red Dirt (more details HERE) and I will be making an exciting announcement about Loup Garou in the next couple of days via video (HINT: You will want to come back.) We will also be leading a group up to the Red Dirt trail soon for a group run, so stay tuned for more info on that here. Phew! So much going on, and I could not be happier to share it all with you. Check back here for updates, but until then, Happy Running, Y'all! - Edie
That's me after a 50 mile training run on the levee. Happy to be finished!
For anyone interested in checking out the course where the Red Dirt Ultra is run, or if you just want to come out and experience one of the most beautiful trails Louisiana has to offer, here is your chance!
A group of folks (myself included) are heading up to the Kisatchie National Forest on Friday, September 22nd and camping there for the weekend. We have some running on both Saturday and Sunday. Any distance is fine, since anyone can start with the group and turn around and head back when they are ready. We have some doing the whole 31 mile loop and others doing out and backs of different distances.
The location of this is the Sandstone Loop, off of exit 119 (Cloutierville Exit) on I-49 North. It is about 20 miles south of Natchitoches.
EDIT: Due to the high temperatures we will not be camping for this run. A group of us are spending the night in Natchitoches and driving in to the trail in the morning. We will be at Lotus campground, ready to run by 7 a.m.
If you are interested and have any questions, email me, Edie, at PaixRunning@gmail.com.
All are welcome to come out and enjoy this beautiful area!
Here is a sample training plan for the Loup Garou 40 Miler (www.LoupGarouTrailRun.com). Adjust it to fit into your schedule. I based it on running 4 days a week because I never run more than that, but if you want to add a day, go for it. I would suggest doing some moderate speedwork on the Tuesday runs and adding hill work into the Thursday runs. --Edie
It is hard to put into words how excited I am to say this... because of the high interest in this event, we have decided to start it a year earlier than expected, and host the inaugural Loup Garou Trail Run THIS December!! That's right! December 16th, 2017, will officially be the first installment of what I know will become one of the most loved trail races in Louisiana - and that is saying a lot considering the great work my race director buddies are doing in our great state. I was hesitant to start this race up this year for a couple of reasons, one of which being finances. It is incredibly important to me that if I am going to put on a race, I am going to do it right, with no expense spared to give the runners the best possible experience. I was planning on saving up over the next year to prepare for Loup Garou 2018, but I am blessed to have so many people that believe in what we are doing here that I have had multiple people offer to back the race financially, knowing it will be a high quality event. I have also had many runners express their impatience in waiting for the 2018 date (how amazing are you people, anyway?). So, I accepted a friend of Paix Running's offer to help to get this race off the ground and it is official. The date is set. My next step was reaching out to my key volunteers, and the quickness of their response time and the enthusiasm of their answers further confirmed that this is the right decision. Every one was a whole-hearted "YES" or "ABSOLUTELY", or "HOT DAMN! THAT IS EXCITING!!" (my personal favorite). So, the volunteers are in place, the venue is booked (I love working with our Office of State Parks - good people), the logo is being amended to say 2017, and I am SO EXCITED!! I can not wait to bring people to this incredibly beautiful trail - our stomping grounds and favorite training spot. The registration will be open on Ultrasignup shortly - I will keep you posted. Thank you all for your support and confidence in our Paix Running team. Our Louisiana trail running family is pretty special. Get more info here: www.loupgaroutrailrun.com Happy Running! Edie