Race Doc

February 19, 2022
Sandstone Trail
Kistachie National Forest, Louisiana

Start of the 2017 Red Dirt Ultra

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

DIRECTIONS to the race start:
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
Be sure to enter them exactly as they read, including the comma.  Here are the directions from both the south and east: 

From Leesville (south):

North on Hwy 117
Right on Hwy 59 (Longleaf Pine Rd)
Right on Park Road 395 (Day Use Parking Area) This is 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 shortly after you pass Bolton Cemetery), drive 12.8 miles until you see the sign for the Day Use parking area (park road 395) on the left. This is parking as well as the start finish.

Easy to find, there is just no real address to plug in, sorry!!

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.

We will also haul your second drop bags out to Aid Station #3 - about 18 miles into the trail.  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 and so on.  Only 5 gallon bags or smaller.
  • 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, February 20th.  If you need it sooner than that, you will have to get it yourself.
  • 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.  Do not contact us about a favorite beanie you left behind.  After the race is complete it will no longer be in our possession.  
  • 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.

  • No pacers for the 50k
  • 100k - Pacers allowed after the runner has finished the first 50k loop solo.  Only one pacer per runner at a time.
  • 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. You may have more than one pacer, but only one may be on the trail with you at any given time.

  • No aid can be given to runners except at the start/finish or the Coyote Camp aid station.. Crews are welcome at the start/finish and at Aid Station #3 - on the main park road, near Coyote Camp. Crews are NOT allowed at any other aid station. Some of these roads are pretty primitive and we will not stop what we are doing to tow you out when you 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.  Seriously.  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 Park that has allowed us to invade their space for a couple of days.

There is plenty of parking at the start/finish at the 395/ Day Use lot.  If you choose to meet your runner at Aid Station #3, be aware that the only parking there is alongside of Longleaf Scenic Byway.  Park at your own risk, but be aware that runners will be crossing the road at this point and they have the right of way.  Follow the speed limit and watch for delirious runners.


You are considered 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 so we will not be worried about them during the day.


ALL runners who do not finish the race MUST let a race official know if you have left the course.  You can come to the finish line to let us know so we won't spend all night trying to find you in the National Park.


Your race bib must be worn on the front of your body.  Whether it is on your shirt or shorts is up to you.


The overall cutoff for the race is 30 hours, or 12:00 pm on Sunday.  This is a FIRM cutoff time.  Once you guys are finished racing, our volunteers still have to sweep the course and pick up course markings, etc.  No one will be allowed to start their last loop after MIDNIGHT. If you make the cutoff to start the third loop, the second hard cutoff comes at AS#3, 18 miles or so into the trail.  You will have to make it through AS#3 on your final loop by 6:40 a.m. to be allowed to continue on the trail.  This will give you 5 hours 20 minutes to finish the last 13 miles.  Believe me, if at this point we have to pull you from the trail, you will probably be glad to end the suffering.  This again is a SOLID cutoff.  By this point, our volunteers have been out there taking care of you guys for a very long time and they will be ready to pack it up and go home.

Sunday rolling cutoff times for 100 milers.  This is when these aid stations will be shut down.

Aid Station #1 - 1:40 a.m.
Aid Station #2 - 4:10 a.m.
Aid Station #3 - 6:40 a.m. - If you do not reach this aid station by this time, you will not be allowed to continue.
Aid Station #4 - 9:30 a.m.
Start/Finish Cutoff - 12:00 p.m. for all distances.  No buckles will be handed out after the 12:00 cutoff.  No exceptions.


The course is well marked by the National Park with green arrow signs on the trees, but will also be marked by us with contractor flags (confidence markers) along the way. The flags should always stay on your right.  If you leave the trail to take care of business and get turned around, you will know you are headed in the right direction when you see the flags on your right.  There will not be glow sticks.  The reflective ribbons are highly visible with your headlamp.  The brighter your light, the more visible they are.  If you have no light, you won't see them.  It is your responsibility to stay on the course.  Don't be caught in the dark without a light.

This is a beautiful and challenging trail.  There are a few spots of loose sand, but they are few and far between. The majority of the trail is hard packed sand - great to run on!  There are a few stream crossings from the natural springs in the area, but there are easy ways around these so you don’t have to get your feet wet.  But, the chance to spend a few minutes soaking your feet in the ice cold water might be welcome late in the race.  There are a few decent climbs on the trail, but these are followed by long, smooth downhills.  

The first half of the trail is where the majority of the climbs are, the second half is much easier terrain to run.  Keep in mind, these are piney woods, so while you are surrounded by trees, there may not always be cover from the sun.  Plan accordingly.

Just past the 21 mile trail marker is “Spa 21” where you can stand in knee deep, ice cold spring water should you choose.  Take my word for it, it feels FANTASTIC.

This will consist of a first loop of 38 miles, followed by 2 - 31 mile loops.


2 - 31 mile loops


You guessed it - 1 loop.


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. Because math. And because the 100 mile distance is near and dear to my heart, there is no consolation prize for a 100 miler dropping after the second loop. Sorry guys - just have to try for that buckle next year.


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.


50k and 100k'ers: (Standard Loop)
Start/Finish to Aid Station #1 - 4.3 miles (this is the toughest part of the trail)
A/S #1 - A/S #2 - 6.43 miles
A/S #2 - A/S #3 - 7.72 miles (this is where your drop bags will be)
A/S #3 - A/S #4 - 7.5 miles (easy section - very runnable)
A/S #4 - Start/Finish - 5ISH miles

The 100 milers will have a first loop that will contain a 7 mile out and back, so their first loop will look like this:
S/F to AS #1 - 4.3 miles
A/S #1 - A/s #2 - 6.43 miles
A/S #2 - Out and Back A/S - 8.2 miles
Out and Back A/S - A/S #3 - 6.52 miles
A/S #3 - A/S #4 - 6.42 miles
A/S #4 - Start/Finish - 6.4 miles
The next two loops for the 100 milers will be the standard loop listed for the 50k and 100k'ers. Once all of the 100 milers finish the out and back portion on the first loop, that section will be roped off and not used for the next two loops.

(These distances are approximate - its trails, afterall)

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, ice and Gatorade for a sports drink. Each aid station is free to add their own flair to the mix, so who knows what surprises they will have in store for you. As always, if you have a particular dietary need, please plan to provide your own food.

This is a beautiful park with tons of camping, much of it is free of charge.  Check out the National Forest website for info.  http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kisatchie/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=34829&actid=50

It is a first come. first served set up here, with no reserving sites.  There is an honor box in the front of each campground where you pay (bring cash) and put the tear off tag on your dash.  $3 per site per night.  Can't beat it.


No refunds.
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.  If you are seen willfully littering by any of our volunteers, you will not receive a medal, buckle, or finisher time.  Period. Be a big boy or girl and clean up your own mess.

Earbuds are welcome for this race.  Because most of the trail is wide enough to pass another runner, I don't think this will cause traffic problems.  BUT, please keep your music low enough to be aware of your surroundings. You are out in the middle of a national forest.  Don't be a snack.

TREKKING POLES are welcome. The trail is wide enough for these not to pose a problem.

This bears repeating.  You can NOT give or sell your bib to another runner.  When someone gives their bib to another runner who happens to place in the bib owner's age group, etc., it will throw off all of the results.

PACKET PICKUP will be held at the Start/Finish Area on the Friday evening before the race from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We will also have race day packet pickup from 4:45 a.m. until 5:45 a.m. then again from 6:00 a.m. to 6:45 am. for 50k'ers.

All shirts are pre-stuffed into your packet. We will go to every effort to be sure that those who register before the cutoff date get the size shirt they requested. We can not swap your size at packet pickup. Give the right size at sign up. If we have extras after all packets are picked up, you may be able to swap the size or buy additional shirts. TSHIRT CUT OFF DATE: Register by January 21st, 2022 to get a shirt!

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