The Danimal 50k 

Saturday Oct. 19th and Sunday Oct.20th  2019

  Come challenge yourself with the Lake Area's only ULTRA marathon nestled in the heart of Southwest Louisiana at the beautiful Sam Houston Jones State Park.  Consisting mostly of single track, root rich dirt trails, this race is sure to challenge even the most seasoned runners.

For those of you who are not up for the 50k but would still like to participate, we do have a 25k option for you slackers. Also, we have a 1 loop option which is perfect for first time trail runners or those seeking to blaze through the woods and hurry back to the grub.


NEW FOR 2019!!


The Dirty Double is going to be the exact distance you ran Saturday and you'll have to do it all over on Sunday. You still only have the hard cutoff of 8 hrs to finish. For those wanting to do the 50k, this will be extremely difficult especially if you run hard the day before. We came up with this crazy idea because we were told that our 50k was too easy. With a 80% DNF rate on the regular Danimal 50k, The Dirty Double will surely test anyone's grit. We are offering cash prizes because we want to draw the very best trail runners from all over and nothing attracts the most competitive runners like a little moolah. The way we determine the winners are whoever has the fastest "cumulative "times from Saturday's race and Sunday's race .We will have cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place MALE OR FEMALE in each distance (12k, 25k, 50k) 

For example: If you run the 25k on Saturday in 2hrs and you run Sunday's 25k in 2 hrs you have a total time of 4 hrs. 

we are not doing age group awards for sunday's race!!

We will have buckles for all finishers of the Dirty Double 50k only. (you must finish within the 8hr cutoff time)

Of course we welcome your friends and family to hang out, grab something to eat and bask in the deerflies.


The cutoff times for the all three races is 8 hours.  Everyone must be accounted for by 4:00 p.m. sharp.


You are responsible for your own entry fee into the park.  The State has informed me that they will be collecting $3.00  PER PERSON!!!


We will be grilling starting close to noon so even if you aren't running, come grab a bite to eat and encourage those who chose to inflict this misery upon themselves.  


The main pavilion will serve as the main aid station and we will have other unmanned aid stations with water and electrolytes.   We will have burgers at the pavillion, fruit, cookies, and whatever baked delights Jeanne Claire decides to bring. We will try to cover what most ultra runners like but...if your nutrition consist of grandma's special organic cookie, I suggest you invite grandma.

Hydration will consist of water, Tailwind and sodas if you like. Adult beverages will be available to runners and spectators.


The trails will not be closed for the race, it is open to the public so watch out for hikers, cyclists and bird watchers.  Earphones are allowed, just keep your wits about you.





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We are guests in this park and must act as such. Be watchful of vehicles towing boats and campers. Please respect all patrons of the park

1. Pacers are allowed for loops 3 & 4 of the 50k  only.  No pacers for the 25k or the 1 loopers

2. No muleing.  Runners must carry all their own gear including food and drinks

3. NO TRASH ALONG THE RACE COURSE!  If you are caught littering you will be disqualified and asked to leave the park  

4.  All race times are finalized by the race directors. The race will be chip timed, be sure to secure your bib and have it visible on the FRONT of you. Do not bend or krinkle your bib as doing so may affect it's readability of the timing system.

5. DO NOT LOSE YOUR HUMANITY. If you witness someone in need, be courteous and lend them a hand. In a race like this there is plenty of time for karma to bite you in the ass, so be kind.

6. One of the Park's biggest problems is runners taking up the road. Always run against traffic on the left side of the road until you get to the trail. There will be traffic albeit light, but do not impede the flow.


Packet pickup will go down from 6:30 until 7:45 race morning at the main pavillion.  Every runner must check in race morning beginning at 6:30.  At this time you will sign a waiver and receive further instructions




Drop bags (your personal aid station) will be done at the main pavillion. Arrive early on race morning and you will be directed where to put your belongings. Please keep it to a minimum to avoid congestion under the pavillion. We'll have a designated place incase of inclement weather. Your vehicle can also be used as an aid station. 


Sam Houston Jones State Park has cabins for rent.  Camping spots are available at the park as well. Please check with the park for these amenities. There are also numerous hotels to stay in the Lake Charles area.  



Weather: It's Southwest Louisiana so...... who knows. The race will go on RAIN OR SHINE unless there is lightning.



Atleast a handheld water bottle. Orange Mud hydration pack or Camel Back is preferred

The average runner can complete 1 loop in 1:20 - 1:30, so average 25k times should be somewhere around 2:40 - 3:00 hrs.

Finishers of all three distances will receive a medal or something similar. Last year we had really cool 3.5 inch bear claws for all finishers. Anyways, it will be cool and  unique to The Danimal.

Awards will be 1st,2nd, and 3rd male and female in ten year age groups: 0-19,20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60 and up.  There will be an overall male and female winner in each distance which will not be included in the age group awards

Awards for The Dirty Double : (MALE OR FEMALE)

1ST PLACE 50K   $500

2ND PLACE 50K $300

3RD PLACE 50K  $100

1ST PLACE 25K  $300

2ND PLACE 25K $100

3RD PLACE 25K  $50

1ST PLACE 12K $100

2ND PLACE 12K $50

3RD PLACE  12K $25


If you have any questions, feel free to call Dan Smith at 337-240-1698 or email