Here's your midsummer challenge: an overnight trail race through one of Louisiana's finest nature preserves, running 10 hours by headlamp. It's the 2019 Hotter than Hell, Dusk to Dawn Q50 race, starting Saturday July 13 and finishing Sunday morning, July 14.
The "HtH D2D" Q50 race takes place at the Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville, Louisiana, on a course consisting of a four mile loop of single and double track trails. Runners start at 8:02pm and run as many miles as they want, or can, until 5:59 am.
Entry fees are $65 until March 31, $70 thereafter (closes 11:59pm on Friday, July 12).
To register, and get all the details about the course, awards for men and women, aid stations, sponsors, gear requirements and more, visit https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=59302.
For runners coming in from out of town, West St. Tammany has numerous nearby hotels and B&B's to choose from. If you prefer camping, Fontainebleau State Park is also less than half a mile from the start of the race and offers camping facilities that accommodate both RV's and tents. For information on lodging in St. Tammany, click https://www.louisiananorthshore.com/hotels.
Parking and the start of the race will be in Pelican Park, 63350 Pelican Dr., Mandeville. The entrance to Pelican Park is approximately half a mile east of the Nature Center on Hw. 190 across from the entrance to Fontainebleau S.P.
This race is produced in part by Louisiana Ultra Runners (LUR). Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaUltraRunners/
Photo: Q50 website