The local state park, Chemin-A-Haut, is an old park with many decades of history, and to bring awareness to the park as well as raise funds for the park the Morehouse Innovation and Technology Alliance is holding their second Chemin-A-Haut Trail Walk and Run.

Taking place on Saturday, October 13, the event will include a four mile trail run and a one mile trail walk. This will be a great race for those who love trail walking or running, a chance to enjoy the beauty of the oldest state park in Louisiana, and an opportunity to raise funds for park projects and maintenance. This is the second Trail Walk and Run, and the event is the product of a desire to come up with a project to help Morehouse Parish.

“Several years ago MITA started brainstorming what we could do to improve business interests and quality of life here and we had the idea to have a 5 k,” explained MITA President Glen Melton. “We eventually decided to have it in the park and it became a Trail Walk and Run.”

The trails include hickory and oak forests as well as cypress trees that are thousands of years old. Participants will take the same trails Native Americans used centuries ago during their seasonal migration.

This year's run will be mostly the same as last year's with just a few differences.

The trail walk will have two options: a .8 mile walk or a 1.6 mile walk. The run will have a different turn around point as well.

“This year we will go all the way to the large cypress tree in Chemin-A-Haut Creek,” noted Melton.

Each participant will receive a goody bag along with a medallion handmade from cypress.

“Andrea Gladney makes them,” noted Keep Morehouse Beautiful Director Vicky Carpenter. “We decided to use cypress because we wanted to make the event unique and thought the medallions would reflect nature and the park's beauty.”

A prize will be given to the individual who came the farthest to participate, and door prizes will also be given out. The Morehouse Chamber of Commerce has provided the prizes.

Those interested in participating can register on eventbrite.com, at the Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, or at 7:30 a.m. at the park lodge on the day of the event. The races begin at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $30 after October 5 and the park gate fee is $3 per person.

MITA thanks the event sponsors and encourages anyone interested to come out, compete in the race, and enjoy the unrivaled beauty of the park.

“The weather is going to be nice and we hope folks will come out,” said Melton.

For more information see the Chemin-A-Haut Trail Walk and Run facebook page.