Race Day Details
Thanks for signing up for the 7th annual Wild Azalea Challenge January 5th, 2019. At 26 miles, this is the longest continuous trail in the entire state of Louisiana. No other trail even comes close to the beauty and topography which abounds along the Wild Azalea. This year’s event will include a 27 and 50 mile Trail Run and a 27 and 50 mile MTB. This is a trail run and ride so be prepared to get a little dirty. Course maps for the race are available on the map link above.
Pre Race meeting
The weekend will start Friday night at 6:00 pm with a prerace meeting at Run Wild, 4611 Jackson St, Alexandria, LA. This is not mandatory but is intended to provide answers to questions and give out more details on the route. You can also pick up your race bib at the meeting.
**Due to partial trail closures for 2020, all runners and bikers will start and finish in Woodworth, LA at Calvary Woodworth Church parking lot. The details below of Valentine Lake Campground do not apply to anyone. All runners for 100K and 50M will start at 6:00am and all other runners will start at 8:15am. All MTB distances will start at 8:00am from the church parking lot.
Find your race category below to determine when and where you start. Finish line for all participants is at Valentine Lake Day Use Area. We will have 2 buses to transport everyone from Valentine Lake Day Use to your respective start, however, if you are a local racer and can carpool with others from the finish line to Woodworth that will help.
50 Mile Runners - Start time 6:00 am @ Valentine Lake Day Use Area
Be at the Valentine Lake Day Use area on race day no later than 5:30 AM.
All Bikers – Start time 8:00 am @ Woodworth
Be at the Valentine Lake Day Use area by 7:00 AM to be shuttled to the start line in Woodworth with last shuttle leaving at 7:30 AM. The duathlon exchange point will be at the intersection of the Azalea Trail and Louisiana Hwy 488 (Twin Bridges Road)/Messina Road.
27 Mile Runners – Start time 8:30 am @ Woodworth
Be at the Valentine Lake Day Use area by 7:00 AM to be shuttled to the start line in Woodworth with last shuttle leaving at 7:30 AM.
13 Mile Runners – Start time 9:00 am @ Twin Bridges trail head
Be at the Valentine Lake Day Use area by 8:00 AM to be shuttled to the start line at Twin Bridges trail head with last shuttle leaving at 8:30AM.
**We can shuttle up to 50 Mountain bikes so it will be limited. Any bikers who can carpool to Woodworth will be appreciated. We will be able to help shuttle you back to Woodworth after the race.
**Anyone who misses the shuttle can drive to the start of their race and we will get you back to your car. See Map Links below for directions.
Valentine Day Use Area
Bib pick up -Race Day signup
Race day signup will be available and will close at 7:15 am at Valentine Lake and 7:45 am at Woodworth so please make sure you arrive early to handle this and make easier on us. For anyone who does not get their bib at the pre-race meeting Fri night,we will have for you on Saturday morning.
Race Day Registration fees will be:
50 Mile Mt. Bike- $85.00
27 Mile Mt. Bike- $65.00
27 Mile Run- $65.00
1/2 Marathon Run- $55.00
You will be provided a MAP of the trail and locations of the self-service aid stations which will be placed approximately every 4-5 miles along the trail at various road crossings. The aid stations will contain pretzels, gels, bananas, snicker bites, water, coke, Gatorade, Vaseline, bandaids, toilet paper. For the 50 mile runners there will be a manned aid station with hot food at the 25 mile turnaround and also at 38 mile mark (Twin Bridges trail head). Also, 50 mile runners can give us a sag bag at the start line, and we will have that bag available for you at the 25 mile turnaround and 38 mile mark (Twin Bridges trail head). For 50 mile bikers there will be additional self-serve aid stations at the 25ish mile mark on Oak Street along with another at the Kincaid Recreation Pay station. For those riders it would be advisable for you to pack your cell phone in case of an emergency.
Wild Azalea Trail has yellow diamonds on trees along the route to mark the trail as well as mile markers every half mile. A double yellow diamond will indicate a turn in the trail. There are a few areas where diamonds are not as frequent but there is yellow flagging tied along branches to show the way. For 50 mile bikers there will be red turn signs at all turns on the portion of trails when you leave the Wild Azalea Trail. Runners and bikers starting from Woodworth have the first 1.6 miles on asphalt before the trail head begins. The last mile will be marked with blue diamonds along the lake leading up to the finish line.
For those wanting to camp, space is available at the Valentine Lake Campground located ½ mile from the race finish or you can camp at the finish line Day Use area. There is also camping available anywhere along the Azalea trail.
At the finish line we will have camp fire, heaters, jambalaya,beer, race medals, and dry fit shirt. In addition, 50 Mile MTB’s and runners receive an awesome coffee mug. Cut off time for 50 mile runners is 14 hours.
Brad Colwell: 318.613.9578 / Spencer Martin: 318.880.6523 / Billy McRae: 318.446.4814