Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, Louisiana
March 18, 2023 8:00 am (solo); 8:30 am (relay)
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, I have decided to make it a little more interesting, while keeping the spirit of this race an "end of the season trail party".
This will be a traditional Paix Running race, with each finisher getting a good quality medal (newly designed for 2023), 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 doing minimal marking - but it will be daytime so you will be able to see the orange blazes on the trees. 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 with plenty of food and drinks for after the race for everyone to take advantage of.
- RELAY RULES:
- 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 4. As long as AS A TEAM you cover 20 miles, how you choose to do it is up to you.
- Since the distances are shortened, NO PACERS, unless the runner is under 12 years old, then a pacer is allowed.
- 4 MILE TRAIL HEAD (North Landing)
- 8 MILE MARKER (East Landing)
- 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.)
- START/FINISH PAVILION
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.
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.
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.