Why run an ultra?
For bragging rights, of course. Nothing says ”I’m a badass” like completing an ultra. That said, it is also an event that will push you to your physical and emotional braking points. You will learn things about yourself that can only be seen during times of extreme fatigue and exhaustion. In the end you will be stronger and more equipped to handle even the most grueling of events.
2 Person Teams
One of the unique aspect of this race is that you don’t have to run the whole thing solo to do an ultra. If you are in great shape, but not quite ready to tackle the 100+ mile race yet, than this is the perfect way to get your feet wet. The obvious benefits of the two person team are the breaks you get in between legs, giving you time to refuel and hydrate. Each member of the team will run 4-5 legs with each leg lasting between 12-18 miles. In the end you will have run around 62 miles each.
3 Person Teams
If 62 miles seems a bit over the top for you than give this team a try. Each member will run 5 legs with each leg lasting 6-10 miles. Thats around 41 miles per person. The added benefit here is having another person in the car with you when you not running. This will make the recovery ride more enjoyable.
For those of you that are in superhuman running shape this one’s for you. You’ve already run an ultra and this is your chance to take it to the next level. This is a fast and flat course that takes you down the longest river in the country. You’ll run past old plantations, farms, leper colonies, famous restaurants and numerous ships traveling on the river. The Rouge-Orleans is also the perfect tune-up for Western States and Badwater. The wether should be prefect with temperatures averaging high 72 / low 50. THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL AWARD FOR SOLOS RUNNING THE 126.2 ROUGE ORLEANS IN UNDER 24 hrs.
Qualifying for the race
In order to protect the safety of the runners, the Rouge-Orleans requires all individual ultra runners to have run at least one ultra event of 50 miles or longer within 12 months of the race. Upon registration you will need to provide a list of all the ultras that you‘ve run over the past year. Running 100+ miles is a brutal endeavor and should only be attempted by experienced ultra runners.
We will provide all of the ultra runners with major aid stations at miles 25, 50, 75 and 105. These will be stocked with all the proper provisions to get you through the race. When you register for the event you will be asked to provide a list of all the food, beverages, etc that you’d like to see at the aid stations. It’s also important to remember that you crew will never be very far away, as the road they will be driving on hugs the levee for most of the race.
It is not mandatory that you have a crew for the race, although it is highly recommended. Having a good crew is invaluable. No matter how good of a runner you are, chances are you will not be very rational or coherent during the later stages of the race. You’re crew is there to make sure you hydrate, eat, wear sunscreen, change your shoes, and handle any minor medical issues you may have. You will suffer out there, and unless you’re a complete masochist it’s in your best interest to find yourself a crew.
I Need a Crew
We are in the process of creating a volunteer signup for anyone interested in crewing for a solo runner. If you would like us to provide you with a crew please fill out the form below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org Do not rely on us to supply you with a crew. We are only doing this to help out runners that have no other choice.
Training and Coaching
The Rouge-Orleans has partnered with ultra-running coach Jimmy Dean Freeman of the Los Angeles based Coyote Running Club to help get people to the finish line. He is an excellent resources and will provide you with the appropriate running plan to reach your goal of finishing. Running 100+ miles involves much more than simply increasing your long run each week. Drop Coach Jimmy a line today and start running tomorrow.