Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Red Dirt 2018 - WOW!

Well, 2018's Red Dirt Ultra has come and gone, but the stories from the race will last a lifetime.  From hip deep water and climbing up slippery hills on hands and feet, our runners experienced a little bit of everything last weekend.  Despite the tough conditions, a high percentage of our runners persevered and our volunteers shined!   It was a wonderful experience all around, and I can't wait to do it again (once I scrub the mud off of everything).  I will be posting a link to the pictures from the event as soon as I compile all of them, but in the meantime, here are some stats you might be interested in:

100 miler:

  • 23 starters, 16 finishers (69% finisher rate in TOUGH conditions.  That is pretty amazing!)
  • 12 men & 4 women earned their buckle (6 men and 2 women going sub 24)
  • 1st place male - Warren Kimball (Louisiana) 19:28
  • 1st place female - Steph Whitmore (Iowa) 20:25
  • States represented among the 100 mile finishers"  Louisiana, Kansas, Wyoming, Missouri, Washington, Oklahoma, Texas
  • 29 starters, 24 finishers (83% finish rate)
  • 16 men & 8 women finished the 100k
  • 1st place male:  Mark Martinsen (Minnesota)  9:47
  • 1st place female:  Rhea Loney (Louisiana) 10:12
  • States finishing 100k:  Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Texas
  • 57 starters, 55 finished (96% finish rate)
  • 34 men & 21 women finished the 50k
  • 1st place male:  David Theriot (Oklahoma) 4:00
  • 1st place female:  Jennifer Hooper (Louisiana) 4:56
  • States finishing 50k:  Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas, California, Florida
Official results can be found here:  https://ultrasignup.com/results_event.aspx?did=44905

Monday, January 29, 2018

Taper week from an RD's perspective

Heading into the 2nd annual Red Dirt Ultra, and pre-race jitters are affecting more than just the runners.  Click the picture for the article.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pang Wangle

Great video from our friends at Pang Wangle highlighting the trails of Chicot State Park, and an interview with the Red Dirt Ultra race director, Edie Couvillon, about her thoughts on the 100 mile distance.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

First Timer's Club

I love it when people take a chance on something.  I love it when they make the decision to attempt a new challenge, and I ESPECIALLY love it when they do so at one of my races.  That is why, at the first Red Dirt Ultra last February, we started the First Timer's Club.  

This is a club consisting of all of the folks attempting a new distance for the first time at Red Dirt.  I wanted to reward their courage as well as their faith in me and my awesome team but giving a small token of my gratitude.  Last year it was a Red Dirt buff as well as a custom window decal with the race logo as well as their distance. 

We are bringing back the First Timer's Club at Red Dirt for 2018, and here is the list I have so far:

This is a really big deal and I am so excited to hand each of these folks their medal or buckle!  

If you are also attempting a new distance for the first time at Red Dirt, and aren't on the list yet, email me (Edie) at PaixRunning@gmail.com so I can add you in to be sure you receive your goodies! 

THANK YOU to all of you for having faith in us.  You have to do the work to finish, but we will take care of everything else!

Happy Running, Y'all!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Red Dirt Group Run

A group of runners will be visiting the Red Dirt loop (Sandstone Trail) on Saturday, September 23rd.  We will start our run from Lotus campground at 7:00 a.m. sharp.  Some of us are doing the 31 mile loop while others are doing out and backs for shorter distances.  All are welcome!  Email Edie at PaixRunning@gmail.com for more information.  

Friday, December 30, 2016


Welcome to the Red Dirt Ultra!  After the tremendous success of our first year, we are excited to welcome you all back to this beautiful trail for 2018 and beyond.  RDU is run on the Sandstone Trail.  It is a 31 mile loop through the Kisatchie National Forest, running through piney woods, over ridges with beautiful views, and across clear cold creeks fed by natural springs.  Here is a quick view of one of my favorite spots, Spa 21.

This trail shows that Louisiana is not flat, but the climbs are rewarded with great views and the downhills are gradual and clean and great fun to run!   Depending on the weather, most of the trail is hard packed sand, with a few rocky sections as well as a few sections with loose sand just to keep it interesting.  

Every aid station along the way is manned by experienced ultra runners who know how to take care of all of your needs, but aren't afraid to kick you out of the station if you get too comfortable.

Check out the tabs at the top of the page for a picture tour of the trail, as well as the Race Document with all of the pertinent information and, of course the registration link.  :-)

We can't wait to see all of you next February! -- Edie