With Loup Garou being out there last weekend, I want to do one more loop just to be sure we didn't miss any trash or trail markings. I doubt we did, we scoured every inch of that course, but I want to be sure that we are leaving it better than we found it. And, I have a 100 miler in April so I need to run anyway, so why not do it on my favorite trail?
Speaking of that 100 miler - I am super excited about it, and I wanted to share it with all of you. It is called the Screaming Monkey 100 and it is hosted by the GOATS (Get on a trail, Shreveport). These guys are super enthusiastic trail lovers, and I have now doubt that this will be a top notch event. They have a variety of distances available, so everyone can find one that fits their needs. Here is their description:
The inaugural Screaming Monkey 100 will kick off at Eddie D. Jones Park in Keithville, Louisiana. 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 half marathon, or ultra distances of a 26.5 miler, a 100k and a 100 miler all happening on Saturday the 6th.
The course itself will feature miles and miles of undulating, technical single track and a section of wide-open equestrian trails. Runners will hear the nearby primates during many sections of the trail. 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. Both the 100M and 100K participants will go through the gates of a Louisiana State Prison that shut down in 2012. Just imagine what that aid station will be like...
The race is a true trail festival. On Sunday April 7th, a 5k, and a 10k are being offered. This will serve to bring new energy to the race as the 100 milers will be nearing their final push to finish at that time.