Join us on the beautiful Sandstone Trail in Kisatchie National Forest for the seventh edition of the Red Dirt Ultra. This rugged trail consist of loose and hardpacked sand, stream crossings, climbing and descending, and long runnable sections through the long leaf pines. You can see the beauty of the trail by clicking the “Gallery” tab to view pictures and videos taken by other runners! 

What makes this race so special is the community. The aid stations are manned by experienced ultra runners who know what it takes to get to the finish line! Our volunteers even provide vegan food options at the finish line and at the mid- loop aid station. A special treat for 2023 is that the race is scheduled days after Mardi Gras so you can get the full Louisiana experience!

 

Register Here

 

February 25, 2023

Start times:
100k & 100 miler – 6:00 a.m.
50k – 7:00 a.m.

Packet Pick Up (At Start/ Finish)
Friday evening: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday morning: 4:45 a.m.- 6:45 a.m.

Please note: All participants and crew are responsible for knowing the information below.

DIRECTIONS:
Since this is a National Forest, there is not a set address for the start/finish parking area.  Technically it is the Day Use parking area on Park Road 395.  The most direct way to find it is to plug in the GPS coordinates into your app:  31.478666, -93.103274. Enter the coordinates exactly as listed including the comma. Below are the directions from both the south and east: 

From Leesville:

  • North on Hwy 117
  • Right onto Longleaf Pine Road (the road is to the right after you pass Bolton Cemetery), drive 12.8 miles until you see the sign for the Day Use parking area (park road 395)
  • Right at Day Use Parking Area (park road 395). This is the parking area, as well as, the start/ finish.

From Shreveport or Alexandria:

  • Exit 119 (Cloutierville Exit), head west 5.2 miles
  • Right onto Longleaf Pine Road (the road is to the right after you pass Bolton Cemetery), drive 12.8 miles until you see the sign for the Day Use parking area (park road 395)
  • Left at Day Use Parking Area (park road 395). This is the parking area, as well as, the start/ finish.
Trail (in red) with interstate & other roads visible.

COURSE INFORMATION BY RACE (We are reviewing the course presently and will update this section soon!)

  • 50K- One loop (may include an out and back) 
  • 100K- Two of the 50K course
  • 100 Miles- Three loops including an out and back each loop
Elevation map of Sandstone Trail loop (does not include out and back section)

COURSE MARKING
The course is well marked with green arrow signs on the trees and contractor flags with reflective tape for those running at night. During the race, the flags will be located on your right (excluding the out/ back). It is your responsibility to stay on the course.  

AID STATIONS

  • Runners won’t go more than 8 miles without having an aid station for food and water. More information to come for distances between aid stations!
  • The aid stations will be fully stocked with typical ultra marathon fare – sweet and salty snacks, fruit, PB & J, broth, etc. We will also have plenty of water and Gatorade for a sports drink. Each aid station is free to add their own flair to the mix (and ours ALWAYS do!), so who knows what surprises they will have in store for you. If you have a particular dietary need please plan to provide your own food.

DROP BAGS
There will be a designated area near the start/finish where you can set up a chair and your supplies for between loops. Limited space, set up early. The second drop bag location is Aid Station #3.  The following restrictions are for the bags we will bring out to Aid Station #3.

  • Drop bags must be in bags!  5-gallon size MAX. (No trunks, ice chests, Tupperware, boxes)
  • All bags MUST be labelled with your name and bib #.  
  • Only ONE bag per person.
  • Bring drop bags to packet pickup OR bring to the designated area at the race start.  Drop bags will be delivered right after the race start and will be returned to the start/finish area by 9:00 am on Sunday.  If you need it sooner than that, you will have to get it yourself from AS #3.
  • Drop bags will be lined up by bib # order.
  • All abandoned drop bags are considered donations.  Anything worthy will be donated to a local shelter, the rest will be thrown away.  
  • All distances may have drop bags.
  • All drop bags must be weatherproof.  They will not be under any cover.
  • When you dig through your bag, be sure to put everything back into it before you take off again.  We are NOT responsible for lost items.

PACERS

50K– No pacers.

100k- Pacers allowed after the runner has finished first loop solo.

100 mile– Pacers allowed for the final loop (69 miles into the race) OR once it gets dark, whichever comes first.  

  • Pacers may ONLY join their runner at the start/finish or at Aid Station #3 (Coyote Camp). 
  • Pacers are allowed the entire way for runners over 60 years of age.
  • Pacers may never mule or carry anything for their runner. This means that pacers may never hand anything to their runner out on course that the runner wasn’t carrying themselves.
  • Only one Pacer at a time.
  • Any Pacer impeding, being rude to other runners or volunteers will get their Runner DQ’ed.
  • Pacers are welcome to anything from the Aid Stations.
  • Pacers need to sign waiver and wear a Pacer bib.

CREWS

  • No aid can be given by crew to runners except at the start/finish or Aid Station #3 (Coyote Camp). Crews are NOT allowed at any other aid station. Some of these roads are pretty primitive and it is very possible you could get stuck.
  • Please respect the speed limit within the park.  If a runner’s crew is caught speeding within the park, the runner will be disqualified.  Driving too fast on these dirt roads kicks up dust, and many times the trail is near the road.  Be considerate of the other runners as well as the national forest services that have allowed us to use their space.
  • Any crew impeding, being rude to other runners or volunteers will get their Runner DQ’ed.

PARKING
There is plenty of parking at the start/finish (395/ Day Use lot).  If you choose to meet your runner at Aid Station #3 be aware that parking is along the Longleaf Scenic Byway. Park at your own risk and be aware that runners will be crossing the road at this point. Follow the speed limit and be aware of potentially delirious runners. Remember that runners have the right of way!

CHECK IN
You are “checked in” when you pick up your packet. If you are picking up a packet for someone who is not running please let us know.

CHECK OUT
DNF, DROP, QUIT, LEAVE EARLY, MISSED CUTOFF. ALL runners who decide not to finish the race MUST let a race official know. Failure to communicate this to race officials may cause an unnecessary search, which will negatively impact the event.

RACE BIBS
Your race bib must be worn on the front of your body and visible to aid station volunteers.

ROLLING CUTOFFS
The overall cutoff for the race is 30 hours, or 12:00 pm on Sunday for all race distances.  This cutoff time is firm.  

Below is the rolling cutoff times for 100 milers:

  • No one will be allowed to start their last loop after MIDNIGHT.  
  • Aid Station #1 – 1:40 a.m.
  • Aid Station #2 – 4:10 a.m.
  • Aid Station #3 – 6:40 a.m. 
  • Aid Station #4 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Start/Finish- 12:00 p.m. No buckles will be handed out after the 12:00 cutoff.  No exceptions.

CHANGING RACE DISTANCES MID RACE:
If you are signed up for the 100k and decide to drop to the 50k after the first loop, you will get a 50k finisher time and medal rather than a DNF, but you will NOT be eligible for any awards for the 50k. If you are signed up for the 50k and are feeling frisky after the first loop, once you have paid the difference between the two races in CASH, we will allow you out for the second loop. Same deal, yes to medal, no to awards. Because the first loop of the 100 miler is 38 miles, no 100k’er will be allowed to jump to the 100 mile distance mid race. 100 milers who drop after the second loop will be awarded a 100K buckle so you don’t go home empty handed but you’ll have earned about 7 miles more than the other 100K’ers!

AWARDS
Each finisher will receive a medal.

Top finisher awards:
The top 3 females and top 3 males of each race distance will receive a medal.

The Final 100 Mile finisher:
The last 100-mile finisher will be awarded the “Caroline Dormon” Award. Ms. Dormon, an environmentalist and conservationist, is celebrated as being one of the main influencers to obtain the National Forest designation for Kisatchie National Forest through her perseverance, endurance, and self-belief. The last finisher of Red Dirt each year can be described in a similar way. May her legacy inspire us all to be good stewards of our public forest and lands!

CAMPING
This is a beautiful park with tons of camping. Check out the National Forest website for info. It is a first come, first serve with no reserving sites.  There is an honor box in the front of each campground where you pay cash and put the tear off tag on your dash.  $3 per site/ night.  

There are places you can park an RV throughout the park but RVs are not allowed at start/ finish area.

MUSIC/EARBUDS/ SPEAKERS
Earbuds are allowed since the trail is wide enough to pass another runner. Please keep your music low and be aware of your surroundings. Speakers, including using your phone as a speaker, is NOT allowed.

TREKKING POLES are allowed.

SHIRTS
You must register by January 25, 2023 to get a shirt. Participant shirts will be included in packets. While we cannot swap your size at packet pickup we may be able to after races start. 

TRIOLOGY CLUB
Become a member of the Trilogy Club by running all three distances over the years: 50k, 100k, and 100 mile! Awards are given to each member. This isn’t automatically tracked so you will need to alert the Race Director that you are attempting the third and final race of your Trilogy!

RED DIRT TRILOGY CLUB MEMBERS:
Brent Aymond  100k – 2017; 100M – 2018; 50k – 2019
Ben “Loco” Fiallos  50k – 2018; 100k – 2019; 100M – 2020
Tonya McKnight 50k – 2017; 100k – 2019 & 2020; 100M – 2021
Mark Thomas 50k – 2019; 100k – 2020; 100M – 2021
Jonathan Miles 50k – 2020; 100k – 2021; 100M – 2022
Bridget Schwenne 50k – 2022; 100k – 2020; 100M – 2021
Michael Puyear  50k – 2022; 100k – 2018; 100M – 2019

SECOND GROWTH RUNNING COMPANY POLICIES
(NON-RACE SPECIFIC)

INCLUSION/ NON-DISCRIMINATION
Second Growth Running Company values an inclusive environment and community no matter your race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status such as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation.  While not all those with physical disabilities will be suited to completing the distance on this type of terrain you are invited to discuss any concerns before signing up with the Race Director to determine if this is a good race for you.

We have adopted the Western States 100 Mile Race Transgender Entrant Policy as they have devoted a lot of time, energy, and resources to define this policy including working with industry experts. That policy can be found here: https://www.wser.org/transgender-entrant-policy/

Allegations of discrimination, hate speech, harassment or anything of that nature will be taken seriously and can result in a runner being disqualified (whether it be because of the runner’s crew or the runner themselves) and potentially banned from Second Growth Running Company events in the future depending on the incident.

Please be kind to all you meet on and off the trail!

LITTERING
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.  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. If you are seen willfully littering by any of our volunteers, you will be disqualified.

PAYMENT POLICY
No refunds. No rollovers to next year. No transfers to another person. No mailing of shirts or packets before or after the event. 

DOGS
Dogs are allowed but must be leashed and well controlled. Any reports of dogs off leash or causing problems will result in the the dog being removed from the race area. If this isn’t resolved the runner will face disqualification from the race. I LOVE dogs but some people don’t or have had negative experiences that make them uncomfortable around dogs. This event is not for put on for pups but rather is designed for the runners. If the dogs get in the way of the people, the dogs need to leave.

Why such harsh rules? Experience with dogs at races that are “harmless” but ended up biting a runner because the runner startled the dog. That’s not fair to the participant (or even the dog!).

SERVICE REQUIREMENT
While not currently mandatory, runners are encouraged to volunteer at least 8 hours on trail maintenance or at other trail and/ or ultra-events. This strengthens our trail community and reminds us of our responsibility to be good trail stewards.