Saturday, March 4, 2023

Race Cancelled

 Chicot Challenge 2023 is cancelled.  All runners were just sent an email for payment info so they can receive a full refund.  This race is not designed to make money - all that it makes goes right back into the race for cash prizes, food, drinks, insurance, park rental, etc., but I can't afford for it to lose money either.  

Because I keep this race so cheap, it relies on volume of registrations to cover its expenses, and it looks like the interest just isn't there this year, so I am refunding everyone who paid in full.  

Thank you to those of you who support our races!  See you all at Loup Garou! 


Sunday, October 23, 2022

The End of the Season Trail Party is back!

MARCH 18, 2023



Here is a chance for everyone to run a little, eat a lot, and hang out with the best people on the planet - trail runners! Bring your family out with you to enjoy a day at this beautiful park.

You have two options - run the entire loop solo, or build a team of up to four people to relay the loop (see Race Doc tab for details).  And, something new - CASH PRIZES!!! 

This is a bare bones race, by design - although you will still get a nice medal and t-shirt - but we decided to invest a little into cash prizes to make it a little more fun.  Don't fret if you want to just come out and enjoy a loop - you can do that as well.  The solo race has a 6 hour time cutoff, which equals about a 16 minute pace for the loop, so just because there may be fast folks in the front, it doesn't mean you can't come and enjoy this beautiful trail at your own pace.

Registration will be opening this week, but mark your calendars!  This is going to be a fun day! 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022


 Finally the state is reopening ALL of the Chicot State Park trail and we will be able to host this awesome race again!! We are super excited to get back to our "end of the season trail party" with all of you!  

The trail is opening up March 31st, at least that is what they are saying, so when I have confirmation, I will move forward with setting up the race.  

Can't wait to see you guys again! 


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

2021 Chicot Challenge is Cancelled :(

 Well, it's official folks, we have to cancel the 2021 version of Chicot Challenge as well.  After talking to the park, there is no way that the trail will be open in time for the race as they are still housing Covid patients out there.  

Fingers crossed the rest of 2021 treats us all a little better.  

Chicot Challenge 2022 is going to be one heck of a party!  

Happy running and stay healthy everyone! 


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

2021 Date Is Set

 Registration is open for the 2021 Chicot Challenge 60 Mile Trail Relay. Click on the Race Doc tab for all of the details about this fun event. Looking forward to spending the day with all of you! 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

2020 Chicot Challenge Cancelled

With the corona virus making its appearance in central Louisiana, the Office of State Parks has decided to make two state parks - Chicot and Lake Bistineau, into staging grounds to house elderly patients to keep them isolated from the virus.  Because of this, we learned late Tuesday evening that the park is closed to all visitors.  

Even though most of the items were already purchased for the race - insurance, medals, shirts, supplies, since there is so much uncertainty right now with everyone being impacted, some financially, I have made the decision to give refunds to all who request them.  Check your email for more details.  If you choose not to take advantage of the refund, I will be rolling your registration over to the 2021 race.

Thank you all for your support and understanding during this time, and I hope to see you all again next year.  Stay safe everyone! 

Edie Couvillon, RD

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Prize Money & New Distance

Thinking about Chicot Challenge over the last few weekends and how much fun we have out there, we have been trying to find ways to let more folks take part in the fun.  So, we decided to add a 20 mile trail race and we are adding prize money to the top over all team as well as the top overall male and female for the 20 miler. 

Whichever team finishes the 60 mile relay first will win $400 in prize money - regardless of team size  - so it will be interesting to see how the teams are structured to see who takes first place.  The twist is that the least number of team members you have (you choose anywhere from 2 - 5 members), the more money each team member makes.  It's $400 total for the first team, so a speedy team of 2 could earn each of its members $200 if they are able to take first place.  The 60 mile relay is capped at 50 total participants.  The relay will begin at 7:00 am and the teams have 14 hours, or until 9 pm to finish. This is a 14 minute per mile pace.  Easy peasy. 

First place male and female in the 20 miler will each win $100 cash, with 2nd and third place male and female for the 20 miler each getting a free entry into the 2021 race.  Depending on how this race grows, we may be able to go deeper with prize money in the future.  The 20 miler will be capped at 100 entrants, so sign up soon! The 20 miler will begin at 8:00 am, and is open until the relay cutoff -

This will be a traditional Paix Running race, with each finisher getting a good quality medal (newly designed for 2020), and a race shirt.  We will also be cooking at the finishers pavilion, so there will be food and drink served all day long.

BUT!  The course itself is SELF SUPPORTED!  We will be marking the trail as usual, so no worries about getting lost, but the only aid that will be on the course will be an unmanned water stop at mile 8.  So, if you are running the 20 miler, you have to be prepared to carry enough fluid to make it the first 8 miles, then the last 12 miles.  And your nutrition is your responsibility.  Seriously, we run this loop all of the time carrying everything we need, and we somehow manage to survive.  You will too, as long as you plan accordingly.  Relay teams will be responsible for supporting their runners as they have in the years past. 

The start/finish pavilion will be stocked as a traditional aid station with plenty of snack type food for you to take advantage of.

Check out the registration tab on the home page to get to Ultrasignup.  This race is designed to be an end of the year trail party!  Come and hang out with us in Louisiana's most beautiful park!