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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

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About Cajun Country Run

The Cajun Country Run (CCR)started in 2002 and became a primary supporter of TRAIL in 2010.  Today the event now offers 5 running options.  The road race options include a half marathon (a single loop and USATF certified), a 10k (USATF certified) and 5k.  The trail courses include a 10k & 5k that 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 CCR is the home made alligator head trophies, compliments of CajunBen.com & Greg Girard.  The original half marathon 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. 

Proceeds from the CCR have allowed TRAIL to  do work in and around Acadiana Park.  In 2012 TRAIL purchased property to add to the Acadiana Park & Nature Station.  TRAIL has also help fund some improvements to the mountain bike trail system built and maintained by Mountain Bike Lafayette.  

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

Photos

Thanks to Giles Subaru and Paul Kieu Photography, we have FREE photos for all runners.  Check out the thousands of FREE photos from 2016 Cajun Country Run. Please let Giles Subaru know how much you appreciate their continued sponsorship of Cajun Country Run and TRAIL Events!


AWARDS

SANTA CLAUS DIVISIONS

Half marathon Divisions

Overall Male & Female (1st, 2nd & 3rd)
• Gator Head Trophies

Masters (40+) Male & Female
• Gator Head Trophies

Grand Masters (50+) Male & Female
• Gator Head Trophies

Age Groups (9 & under, every five years, to 70 & older)
• Special Medals

Finishers Medals

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.

 

10k divisions (Road/TRAIL)

Overall Male & Female (1st, 2nd & 3rd)
• Gator Head Trophies

Age Groups (9 & under, every five years, to 70 & older)
• Special Medals

Finishers Medals

5k divisions (Road/TRAIL)

Overall Male & Female (1st, 2nd & 3rd)
• Gator Head Trophies

Age Groups (9 & under, every five years, to 70 & older)
• Special Medals

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. which will be closed to traffic. 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 - 8:15am: Race day packet pick-up & registration for all events.

6:30am: Shuttles start from David Thibodeaux to Acadiana Park

7:30am:  START half-marathon 

8:00am: START of the 10k road & trail runs

8:20am: START of the 5k road & trail runs

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 in between the basketball courts, pavilion and tennis courts, use 1205 E. Alexander St., Lafayette, LA  for your GPS device.  

The start is a half mile from the main parking area at David Thibodeaux STEM School.  Because there is minimal parking in and around Acadiana Park, we suggest parking at the school and either taking the shuttle or getting in a short 800 meter warm up run.  

 

ROUTES

We are excited to announce that Cajun Country now has 5 options to race. In addition to the Half Marathon, we also provide options to run 10k or 5k on either all-road or off-road trail courses. Check out the new 10k and 5k road courses below.

HALF MARATHON Road

This is a smooth, fast course. Three small climbs of less than 30 feet, the best that flat Cajun Country can offer.  USATF certified!  There are 7 water stations and 2 portalet stops along the course. 

10k Road

This is a smooth, fast course. Two small climbs of less than 30 feet, the best that flat Cajun Country USATF certified!  There are 3 water stations on the course.

5k Road

Nice fast and flat course with a big finish.  There are two small climbs of less than 30 feet.  there are 3 water stations on the course.

 

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)