Race Doc

Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, Louisiana
March 21-22, 2020 7:00 am

Big changes for 2020 for this great race. We are shortening the total distance to 60 miles to make it more accessible to folks who aren't regular trail runners and who aren't interested in running 20 miles. This will also eliminate most of the night time running. We are keeping the same team structure with one big difference.

I am offering two categories: Ultra Division and Relay Division. The Ultra Division will consist of 2 person teams, and the Relay Division will be everyone else. Prizes will be given for the top finishers in each category. So, plan your teams wisely. In the Relay Division, you can teams with up to 5 members (MAX). This gives your team an average of 12 miles per person, which should greatly increase the number of potential team members.

  • Ultra Division = 2 members per team
  • Maximum # of team members in Relay Division - 5
  • Only one of your team members can be on the trail at a time.
  • You decide the distance each runner is covering, but the MAX team size is 5. As long as AS A TEAM you cover 60 miles, how you choose to do it is up to you.
  • You decide whether your team is doing the full 20 mile loop at a go, or if you will break it up into the segments and exchange and the points listed below.
  • You can choose to do a combination of the two, some runners doing the loop and others choosing to break up the loop. Seems more complicated, but if you can make it work, go for it.
  • Since the distances are shortened, NO PACERS, unless the runner is under 12 years old, then a pacer is allowed.

  1. 4 MILE TRAIL HEAD (North Landing)
  2. 8 MILE MARKER (East Landing)
  3. 16 MILE MARKER  (Your team will have to park on the road and hike a short way in on the emergency exit path to reach this one.)

The exchange points are going to be handled on the honor system.  The next runner in line for your team CAN NOT begin running until they make physical contact with their runner who is coming in from their leg.  Chest bump, sweaty hug, secret handshake - whatever.  Don’t cheat people.

The time cut off for this event is 14 hours.  Total.  That is an average of a 14 minute pace.  Keep this in mind when choosing your team members.  The race will start at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 9:00 pm.  We will have plenty of hot food at the Pavilion for runners, pacers and crew.

The ONLY aid station on this event will be at the start/finish.  If you need aid at the exchange points, it will be provided by your crew.  The start/finish will remain fully stocked with hot food options throughout the race, so runners and pacers can restock there between legs.  If you choose the full loop option, you are signing up to run a 20 mile trail run - prepare accordingly.  Carry your own water and nutrition needs.  

The trail will be well marked with contractor flags with reflective tape along the trail.  These light up very well when a headlamp hits them.  No headlamp - big problem.  Be sure your batteries are fresh, and when in doubt if you will need your headlamp for your leg - bring it.  It gets dark quickly in the woods.  


Dogs are allowed in the park but must be leashed and well controlled. Any reports of dogs off leash or causing problems, and the dog will have to be removed from the park. I understand you love your dogs, I think they are pretty cool too, but this event is not for them, it is for the runners and their people. If the dogs get in the way of the people, the dogs need to leave.

No refund.
No rollovers to next year.
No transfers to another person.
No mailing of shirts or packets before or after the event.  Even if you offer to pay shipping.
No.  Just don't.  If you are signing up for a trail race, I am assuming along with the desire to do
an ultra distance event also comes a love and respect for nature.  I love all of the road runners
who are coming over to the "dark side" and giving trail running a chance.  BUT when you are out
there on the trail, you are a visitor in nature.  Be a polite guest and pack out your trash to the
next aid station.  There, they will be happy to dispose of it for you.  I am seeing more and more
litter at races I participate in, and as RD, I have a ZERO tolerance policy.  I am hoping this event will lure more road runners onto the trails.  Please remember this is NOT a road marathon.  This is nature.  Don’t drop your Gu packets, etc. on the trail.  Be good and carry it with you to the next exchange.

 You will have to register your entire team at the same time.  For those of you without a team, follow the Chicot Challenge page on Facebook and as the event nears, we will try to match you guys up. You are welcome to use the event FB to plead your case for potential team members.

Pro tip: Do NOT enter "Chicot State Park" into your GPS for directions - it will bring you to a secluded part of the park with an old convention center - nowhere near the start. Instead, enter the park address into your GPS - 3469 Chicot Park Rd. Ville Platte,La. This will get you to the front gate. Or, you really could just follow the brown state park signs, they are pretty easy to follow.

Check the registration tab - it will take you to the Ultrasignup site for all of the details.

Yeah, you won’t get these, but it would be cool if each team came up with a theme, team name, costume or something.  It won’t get you anything but our laughs, but it would make the whole event even more fun.  


  1. Can runners split their portion of the race? For instance, can Runner A run the first ten miles, let Runner B take over, and Runner A does another 10 miles later on? Or must each runner only run one leg?

    1. I am so sorry I am just seeing this. The runners can break down the loops as they see fit for their team. As long as the team as a whole covers the 100 miles, that is all that matters. :-)