CHILDREN OF THE CANE
PART III - The Reaping
Scared yet? You should be!!!
This journey is one you'll never forget.
Don't be fooled by the near-zero elevation gain of Port Allen, Louisiana. This is going to be one of the flattest yet most brutal and challenging ultra courses around, and your legs will be tortured. Although not an easy course if you are looking to PR this race is made for you. 1st Year Winner Alan Abbs who has run over 120+ Ultras dropped 40 minutes of his PR!
We have created a course that is challenging, ever changing, and sure to excite all runners. You will experience some of the South's deepest history while running on the property of multiple sugar cane plantations. Well, isn't that cool? Whether you're running the 50k, 100k, or the 100-miler, we have some creepy, cool routes for each section.
-All 100-mile finishers receive a CHILDREN OF THE CANE Pewter buckle. Special 100 Miles - One Day as well:
Sub 24 - Black & Pewter
Sub 22 - Red & Pewter
Sub 20 - Silver
Sub 18 - Gold
All Pictured in scroll.
All Runners will get a super soft Tri-blend canvas shirt. You Will want to wear this one, folks.
Aid stations will be fully stocked with typical ultra foods and Louisiana specialties. Think BEST ultra race food ever. Fluids will be plentiful.
Altar of Sacrifice - Course
All three distances start at the same time (6:00am) and follow the same course. ALL Runners should Start with a headlamp and expect about 1 hour before the sun comes up.
50k Course: (1st 50k)
The 50k course consist of running a 10-mile Loop before returning to the main Aid Station. Next you will run 8-miles Stretch making your way to the 2nd Aid Station. Both of these stretches are within Margaret Plantation/Homestead Plantation properties. Head north to run down railroad tracks, along the bank of the Mighty Mississippi, weaving through private hunting trails behind the Mississippi River levee to find your way to the 3rd Aid Station over looking the Mississippi River at mile 25.
100k Course: (2nd 50k)
Both 100k and 100m runners will repeat the same route as the 1st 50k.
100m Course: (Last 37.86m)
Runners will start the last 38 miles by running the 1st 10-mile Loop and returning to the Main Aid Station at mile 72. Next runners will head on a true out and back totaling 19.45 miles starting east 2.5 miles making there way to the Levee Top across the river from Baton Rouge and then travel north 7 miles on the levee top all the way to the 3rd Aid Station at mile 82. Turning around and traveling back to the Main Aid Station at mile 92 runners will then start the same 8-mile Stretch from the 50k and 100k and run it to the FINISH!
Accountability: Runners are required to check-in and Check-out of each Aid Station. It is the responsibility of the runner to make sure the Aid Station accounted for there where-a-bouts. The course has plenty of areas for the unhonorable runner the cut time and distance. This race relies on the honor code; should a runner advance along the course at a abnormally fast rate between Aid Stations the Race Director has the right to Disqualify the runner. Should a runner decide to cut their journey short they must notify an Aid Station or Race Official before sleeping for days; failure to do so also could result in Disqualification.
Course Markings: Sections will be marked either RED, YELLOW or Orange Landscape Flags and turns that need indicating will have NEON Pink Arrows pointing the way.
Mile Markers: Will be placed every 5 Miles i.e. 5,10,15, 20 (Use the markers for rough estimate of distance.)
100 Mile Relay (3 - 6 People)
New for 2016: 3 Person and 6 Person Relay Teams!
Challenge your friends to see how fast your team can complete the 100 mile course!
Total Miles varies for Relay participants:
3 Person Teams from 32-38miles.
6 Person Teams 15-20miles.
-Racers switch off at every aid station passing.
-Racers will have to transport themselves to different aid stations.
-SUPER close Aid Station!
-Main Aid Station to Aid 2 is less then 1 mile!
-Main Aid to Aid 3 you about 3.3miles!
-No need for renting a van or all that nonsense!
3 Person Relay (3 Sections Each)
Racer 1: Legs/Miles 1st/1-10mi, 4th/24-31mi, 7th/49-55mi, 10th/72-82mi (33Miles)
Racer 2: Legs/Miles 2nd/10-18mi, 5th/31-41mi, 8th/55-62mi, 11th/82-92mi (35Miles)
Racer 3: Legs/Miles 3rd/18-24mi, 6th/41-49mi, 9th/62-72mi, 12th/92-100mi (32Miles)
6 Person Relay (2 Sections Each)
Racer 1: Legs/Miles 1st/1-10mi & 7th/49-55mi (16Miles)
Racer 2: Legs/Miles 2nd/10-18mi & 8th/55-62mi (15Miles)
Racer 3: Legs/Miles 3rd/18-24mi & 9th/62-72mi (16Miles)
Racer 4: Legs/Miles 4th/24-31mi & 10th/72-82mi (17Miles)
Racer 5: Legs/Miles 5th/31-41mi & 11th/82-92mi (20Miles)
Racer 6: Legs/Miles 6th/41-49mi & 12th/92-100mi (16Miles)
If teams have a runner that has to drop due to injury then that team can still continue as long as one of the runners or runners on the team run the legs.
If you are only able to field 2 runners of the 3 person relay or 4 or 5 for 6 person relay we will help you figure out the logistics accordingly. Cost will still be for total.
1st: Cane Fields 10mi
2nd: Cane Fields 8mi
3rd: Railroad tracks, Cane Fields, Banks of Mississippi River and Sand 6mi
4th: Jeep trails behind Levee, Levee top, Cane Fields and Railroad Tracks 7mi
5th: Same as 1st
6th: Same as 2nd
7th: Same as 3rd
8th: Same as 4th
9th: Same as 1st
10th: Cane Fields, Long Levee top and Jeep Trails behind Levee 10mi
11th: Reverse 10th
12th: Same as 2nd
The WORD - Cutoffs / Limits
50k, 100k and 100m will all have cut off times but if someone is close to the finish the Race Director has the Sole Discretion to allow the runner to Finish Unofficially.
50k - 12 hours
100k - 20 hours
100m - 30 hours
The CHILDREN - Volunteers
We will have a fine staff of "The CHILDREN" stalking and terrorizing you throughout the race…oh wait, I meant they will be waiting on you hand and foot at every aid station! Keep in mind that most people you will encounter on at Aid Stations and along the course are Volunteers and have given freely of their time to wipe your nose, fill your bottle and heal your nasty blister and chaffing bodies; so be nice! If you are mad at anyone be mad at yourself your asking to be tortured!
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED select the Green VOLUNTEER link next to the registration link at top of the page!
Packet Pickup / Check-in
Friday Night Packet Pickup: Come get your packet, see where the start location is and hangout with some cool runners!
Location: Sugar Cane Field (Start/Finish)
When: Friday Night 5:30pm-8:30pm
Address: 2163 Lafiton Ln, Port Allen, LA 70767
Details: When traveling from Hwy 1, take a left on Lafiton Lane/Hwy 987, travel about 1.5 miles, when you see a trailer park on the right, look to your left and take a left into the cleared rock parking area surrounded by Sugar Cane. Park and follow the signs to the Start/Finish.
If you are traveling from out of town and are not able to make Friday Night then you will need to arrive between 4:45am and 5:15am to get you bib, packet etc.
When: Saturday Morning 4:45am to 5:30am
Location: Same as above.
Crew / Pacers / Drop Bags
Crew? You don't need no stinking crew! But if you feel like you want some familiar faces on the course then please have them volunteer.
Pacers: Pacers will be allowed for the 100-mile runners only, starting at the beginning of the 19.45 Mile Levee Section This will require the pacers to run 28 miles; so make sure your pacers are badass as well.
Drop Bags: Please make sure your bag is labeled with your NAME & DISTANCE and limit your gear to one large duffel or plastic bin.
Start/Finish DROP= You will see this area at 10m, 50k, 41m, 100k, 72m, 92m.
FORGE/Aid Station 3 DROP= You will see this area at 25m, 55m, 82m.
Main Aid Station is the Start/Finish:
Distances 10m, 50k, 42m, 100k, 72m, 92m
Aid Station 2:
Distances 18m, 30m, 49m, 61m
Aid Station 3:
Distances 25m, 55m, 82m
Food at Aid Stations: potatoes, broth, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, turkey, cookies, chips, chocolate, skittles, bananas, pineapples, salt, flour tortillas, cheese, honey, bacon, eggs, crackers, powder donuts, sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini, M&Ms and more.
Hydration: water & Tailwind are the primary sources for hydration. About 120 Clif Gels will be available (vanilla & raspberry). Limited Heed, Endurolytes and Endurolyte Fizz and some gels. COFFEE…Yay!
Tent Camping / Hotels
Tent Camping: Available for Friday and Saturday Night at a rate of $15 per tent. An area to shower (Cold Water) and clean off will be available but will be outdoors and nothing fancy.
NO Refunds or Rain Checks or Transfers to Other Runners will be available.
However, If you should desire to drop down in distance you may do so up until one month prior (September 3rd) to the race date.
If you decide to drop in distance while racing you will be counted as DNF for the distance you registered. Thanks for your understating.
Louisiana weather can be up and down / left and right… but here are the averages for this time of year;
Temperature: Avg High 82, Avg Low 62
Humidity: Avg 50% (Low for La)
Rain: This is normally the driest month of the year!
Sun Rise: 6:59am Sunset: 6:49pm (Length of Daylight 11:48:32)
This course is very flat yet will be very challenging. What to expect greatly depends on the current weather conditions.
Some things to dream about…
-Soft Ball size chunks of dirt from grating tractors.
-Holes knee deep from tractors driving in to rain.
-Up/Down, Up/Down etc running over the top of rows of cane.
-High Growth Sugar Cane; can be sharp and will leave you smiling for days!
-Powdery dirt that floats and blows with the wind.
-Whole Fields on fire to burn the foliage off the cane.
-Rock roads on the Levee top.
-Mud for Days; if it rains…and I hope it does, the course will be the toughest race in the World…think 10% Finish Rate!
-Head Lamps: All races start at 6:00am and it will be dark for a full hour.
-Hydration Minimum: 2 Bottles or bladder totaling a minimum of 48oz.
-Sunscreen, Sunglasses & Hat: Very little shade in Sugar Cane Fields.
"Why you should run the Children of the Cane 100M/100K/50K:
1) It is a good reason to go to Louisiana in the fall, and to New Orleans after the race
2) You get to run through sugar plantations
3) You get to run along the Mississippi River
4) You get to run on railroad tracks
5) You can be old like me and still possibly PR a 100 (I did by 40 minutes)
6) Louisianans have pretty cool accents and they are nice people
7) The aid stations were great, and the course was well marked
8) Did I mention New Orleans?
9) The t shirt and buckle are keepers!"
- Alan Abbs - Sacramento, California 130+ Ultra Races (2015 COTC Winner)
"This race is held in a place that makes me feel relaxed and free. The cane rows are majestic and full of energy. It is peaceful and beautiful. Aid stations were helpful with the best foods and snacks and helped me change socks and shoes several times. They even brought my specialized ice chest and had it for me ready at two aid stations. I plan on doing both these races every year until I retire from running. Variety of scenery from Sugar Cane Fields and running along the banks of the Mississippi River to running down railroad tracks and rutted up field rows. Almost the entire race you can see the state capital across the majestic Mississippi!"
- Jason Cheek - Baton Rouge, La (1st time 100 Miler - finished COTC in 19hr44min!!!)