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Cajun Country run

Acadiana's oldest half-marathon

Race #2 in the Le Courir des Cadiens race series

2017.12.09

2018.12.08

2019.12.14

 

  Half Marathon • 10k • 5k

2016 Photos

Thanks to Giles Subaru and Paul Kieu Photography, we have over a thousand photos from Cajun Country Run 2016.

Check them out here.

Registration for the 2017 run is now open!

The race date will be Saturday, December 9th. This year we have added 10K and 5K road options in addition to the 10K and 5K trail runs. Register early for the best prices!

 
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About Cajun Country Run

Founded in 2002 by Rusty Bex, the Cajun Country Run became a TRAIL produced event in 2010.  Today the event now offers 3 running options.  The half marathon is a 100% road, single loop and USATF certified course.  The 10k & 5k are trail runs offer a mix cross country and single track sections.  The 10k course will take you on some technical sections along the banks of the Vermilion River.

The hallmark of the Cajun Country is the home made alligator head trophies, compliments of CajunBen.com & Greg Girard.  The Cajun Country Half Marathon began in 2002. The course was a double loop course that included 4 miles of cross country running.  In 2014 we changed the half marathon course to an all road single loop course and got it certified by the USATF.  

After acquiring the Cajun Country, TRAIL purchased property to add to the Acadiana Park & Nature Station in 2012.  That year we added a 10k trail run that includes a mix of cross country and technical trail running.  The 10k offers some nice short hills along the banks of the Vermilion River.  With the 5k trail run added in 2013, there is a full compliment of running courses for every age to enjoy.  

Take the Courir des Cadiens Challenge

Complete the three race series to receive an exceptional medal and all the glory!

Race #1:  Tour des Atakapas (October 14, 2017)

Race #2:  Cajun Country Run 1/2 Marathon, 10k & 5k (December 9, 2017)

Race #3:  Zydeco Marathon & Half (March 11, 2018)

 
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Previous year medals for Courir des Cadiens

AWARDS

SANTA CLAUS DIVISION

Half marathon Divisions

Overall Female (1st, 2nd & 3rd)

Overall Male (1st, 2nd & 3rd)

Masters Male (40+)

Masters Female (40+)

Grand Masters Male (50+)

Grand Masters Female (50+)

Age Group

Fastest Santa & Mrs. Santa

1st Male & Female to cross the finish line each race (half marathon, 10k & 5k).

best dressed running mr. or mrs. Santa

During the award ceremony our judges will rate and award prizes to those individuals and groups dressed up in Santa Claus costumes & who participated in the race. Your bib number should be present at all time.  Judging will be based on enthusiasm, completeness of costume, and you must have done the run in most of your costume.  

Each winner will receive a Santa's bag full of prizes and gift certificates from our sponsors, just in time for Christmas.

 

Finishers medals

10k divisions (Road/TRAIL)

Overall Female (1st, 2nd & 3rd)

Overall Male (1st, 2nd & 3rd)

Age Group

Finishers medals

5k divisions (Road/TRAIL)

Overall Female (1st, 2nd & 3rd)

Overall Male (1st, 2nd & 3rd)

Age Group

Finishers medals

 

2016 Santa Division Winners

2016 Santa Division Winners


Event Day instructions 

Directions to primary parking

NOTE:  GPS devices may route you onto portions of Alexander St. & Teurlings Dr. will be closed to traffic so be sure to use Willow St. to get to David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy (805 Teurlings Dr., Lafayette, LA  70501)

From I-10 take the Louisiana Ave exit.  Go South on Louisiana Ave. then take a left onto Willow St. then right onto Teurlings Drive.  After crossing over the rail road tracks on Teurlings Drive take the first left which will bring you into the parking lot of the school.

From Hwy 90/Evangeline Thruway/I-49 turn onto Willow St. heading East.  Then right onto Teurlings Drive.  After crossing over the rail road tracks on Teurlings Drive take the first left which will bring you into the parking lot of the school.

From Pinhook Rd. If you are coming from a point Midtown Lafayette area or South of Lafayette using Hwy 90 and heading North, then take Pinhook Rd.  Pinhook Rd becomes Teurlings Dr. (after it crosses Carmel Dr./Breaux Bridge Hwy).  After crossing over the rail road tracks on Teurlings Drive take the first left which will bring you into the parking lot of the school.

Aerial diagram of the start/finish line, parking, and day of registration and packet pickup.  

Race Day: Saturday December 9th

6:00am - 8:00am: Race day packet pick-up & day of registration for all events.

7:30am:  START half-marathon on Teurlings Dr.

8:15am: START of the 10k trail run

8:15am: START of the 5k trail run

8:45am: first finishers expected

9:00am -11:00am: awards given out, post race meal available

 

Starting Line

The starting line for the all runs is in Acadiana Park between the soccer field, pavilion and tennis courts, use 1205 E. Alexander St., Lafayette, LA  for your GPS device.  The start for the 10k and 5k is 8:30am and is one hour after the half marathon starts.  There is limited parking on the grounds of Acadiana Park, so we suggest parking at the school and taking the shuttle or getting in a short 800 meter warm up run.  

 

TRAIL

 

Transportation Recreation Alternatives In Louisiana (TRAIL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building and maintaining parks, hiking trails, bike trails paddling trails and other recreational infrastructure.  TRAIL was formed in 2004 and over the years the business model has evolved to also include producing several biking, running and paddling events which not only help people get outdoors and be active, but also use the facilities TRAIL actively supports.  

The work at Acadiana Park & Nature Station epitomizes the purpose of TRAIL.  We have worked closely with government, agencies, private landowners, other non-profit organizations and businesses to help build one of the largest nature trails South of Chicot State Park and mountain bike courses.   The future offers many more options for expanding the park & its connectivity to other communities.  

ROUTES

HALF MARATHON

Due to a bridge outing on Lajunie Rd, the half marathon course for this year has changed to an out-and-back. The run starts off traveling through the neighborhood around Acadiana Park then down Louisiana Ave, before turning onto Shadow Bluff Dr. After crossing the river to get onto Lajunie Rd, the route takes a scenic detour via Maryview Farm Rd and Louisiana Ave to Butcher Switch Rd, before getting back onto Lajunie. The runners will take Lajunie to the turn-around and will skip the Butcher Switch loop on the way back, otherwise returning the way they came. This is a smooth, fast course. The only significant hill is the climb at the turn onto E Alexander St about 200 meters from the finish (which makes for a tremendous feeling of accomplishment when crossing the finish line).

5k trail

10k trail

The first 1/2 mile is in and out of the woods using some of the trails on the mountain bike section. Then it is through the Nature Station and through the woods on wooden decks then out to the levee of Francois Coulee. Just after mile two there is a water station and restrooms when you cross the coulee at Shadow Bluff Dr. Then it is a relatively flat meandering course under the shade of trees. Around mile 2.8 the 5k and 10k courses will split. The 10k will continue straight (Eastward) cross a utility right away then as you pass through mile 3 the terrain will change and offer you various short up and downs as you run along the spoils of the Vermilion River. If you stop to take in some of the view under the canopy you will see some of the largest palmettos around. Then the course flattens out again as you approach the 2nd water station just before mile 4. As you leave the Northern section of the Acadiana Nature Trail (ANT) you will have another water stop and just under 2 miles to run. You will run

This course has 3 water stops with one water location used twice.  The course starts with a run across a field then funnels down into a single path nature trail. Then it is through the Nature Station and through the woods on wooden decks then out to the levee of Francois Coulee. Just after mile two there is a water station and restrooms when you cross the coulee at Shadow Bluff Dr. Then it is a relatively flat meandering course under the shade of trees.  Around mile 2.8 the 5k and 10k courses will split.  The 5k will turn left and head North toward the next water station, where you will turn left and both the 10k and 5k course merge.   As you exit the canopy of the Northern section of the Acadiana Nature Trail (ANT) you will have a  third water stop (with restrooms) and about 1.5 miles to run. 

Thank you for supporting TRAIL

1/2 MARATHON COURSE RECORDS

on the USATF certified course (2014 & 2015)  

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2015 Results (1/2 marathon, 10k & 5k)

2014 Results (1/2 marathon, 11.6k & 5k)

2013Results  (1/2 marathon, 10k & 5k)

2012 Results (1/2 marathon, 11k)