Tour des Atakapas

the official Run of

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Now with a Run-Paddle-Run Duathlon!

Run: 3, 5, or 7 miles
Run-Paddle-Run: 1.5, 2, 1.5 miles

If you love Festivals Acadiens et Créoles as much as we do then you will love the Tour des Atakapas race! Celebrating our Cajun & Creole heritage is important to maintaining our culture in south Louisiana.  The run is a joint coordinated project between TRAIL and Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.  The run raises money to invest back into the parks and recreational facilities in our communities.

The run will finish with an after party at the Festival.

The Festivals Acadiens et Créoles starts on October 12th and jams until the 15th.

Race Info

3, 5, OR 7 MILE RUNS: Actual mileages may be slightly different, but expect them to be close to these distances.

RUN-PADDLE-RUN DUATHLON: The Duathlon will be a run-paddle-run starting with a 1.5 mile run to the river, followed by a 2 mile paddle up to Vermilionville and back, ending with a 1.5 mile run back to the finish. Paddlers will have the option of doing the paddle solo or in tandem with a partner. Bring your own boat or rent one from the Boy Scouts. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are all welcome.

PACKET PICK UP: Packet pickup information to be announced in the month before the race. Stay tuned.

PARKING: Primary parking is available at 901 Wilson (the old Park Place Surgery Center) located between Girard Park and the start/finish line.  You can also park along the streets of the Oil Center.  Regardless you will have the best parking spots around since you are getting to FAetC early.

DAY OF REGISTRATION & CHECK IN: Begins at 6:30a at the pavilion in Girard Park where the post race food & beverages will be.

RESTROOMS: There will be portable toilets near the pavilion in Girard Park and throughout the park.  There will be two restrooms at the intersection of Wilson St. and Travis St. near primary parking.  On the course there are public restrooms we will stock with toilet paper in Beaver Park near the boat landing and before the 3 mile turn around & near the tennis courts where the 5 & 7 mile courses split.

START TIME: All races will start at 8:30am. 

START LOCATION: Corner of Harding Street & Travis Street (near Geaux Run).

POST RACE PARTY: Start in the pavilion in Girard park with plenty of beverage and food for the runners.  The party continues in Girard Park with Festivals Acadiens et Créoles with the first bands starting at 9:30a

3.5 miles, 5.1 miles & 7.6 miles:  All races are road races on open roads (expect vehicles on the course), with major intersections monitored by the police department.  The 7.6 mile course has about 1 mile of cross country running along the Vermilion River.

Runs: $35 until 8/30 |  $45 until race day | Day of TBA
Duathlon: $45 until 8/30 | $55 until race day| Day of TBA
Shirt: $15


  • Unique finishers' medal is a locally produced metallic fiddle.  
  • Plenty of Coca-Cola products, Schilling products, and FOOD!!!
  • T-shirts do not come free with registration. Make sure you select the t-shirt option when you register to purchase one for $15.

WHY: Proceeds will be used by TRAIL and Festivals Acadiens et Créoles to invest in Acadiana area parks and recreational facilities.

REFUND POLICY:  Registrations are non-refundable at this point.  We do allow for registration fees to be rolled forward to a future event.  The request for a registration to roll forward must be made 2 weeks before the start of the event in writing to A registration that is rolled forward is not subject to a cash refund in the future event even if the refund policy for that event permits a refund.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  The events will take place in rain and other weather conditions.  If for some extraneous reason, such as severe weather, then we will first try to reschedule the event.  If we cancel the event for that year all together then we will refund participants to the best of our ability.

Le Courir des Cadiens

Tour des Atakapas is the first race of three in the Le Courir des Cadiens series which includes the Cajun Country Run (half marathon, 10k and 5k) and finishes with Zydeco Marathon & Half.  

$45o in prizes for top finishers! Compliments of Geaux Run.

$45o in prizes for top finishers! Compliments of Geaux Run.