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Edie Couvillon Fawn V. Hernandez Photo Credit: Tomas Orihuela

If you are a trail runner, or even road runner for that matter, then you’ve probably met Edie Couvillon. She has managed several running stores in Lafayette and is an avid runner herself. As a mom of two, Edie started running in 2007 to provide some recharge time for herself away from the little ones. She discovered Team in Training with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and began working her way up to the marathon distance with teammates support. After successfully completing several marathons, Edie said she was “over it”. Luckily, around that same time, another runner invited Edie to a trail run at Chicot State Park where she feel in love with trail running! Since switching to trails in 2010 Edie has completed a 130- mile race on the levee from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, four 100- mile trail races, and countless races of shorter distances. The quiet and peacefulness of the trail keeps her coming back for more. She loves the inclusivity of the trail running community. It doesn’t matter what your pace is, what political party you belong to, or your religious preference; everyone is welcome. She started inviting other runners to join her on the trails and eventually established a trail running group for the Acadiana area, Mud N’ Guts, which is still flourishing today. Her ability to nurture and grow the love of trail running as a sport garnered her one of the honorable positions of Trail Ambassador for American Trail Running Association last year. Throughout her running store management career she directed several charity road races throughout Acadiana and found that she really enjoyed the task. She eventually shifted gears and took a Campaign Manager position at Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) where she still works. Even with the career switch she knew she eventually wanted to direct more races. 24

In 2016 Edie founded Paix Running to finally make her dream a reality. She strives to “offer people opportunities to disconnect from the grind and reconnect to their true selves.” Just as importantly she wants “people to get reacquainted with quiet.” Paix Running, French for “peace”, offers runners three races to test their limits and enjoy trails in the area. The next race on the calendar, March 24th, is the Chicot Challenge 100 Mile Relay Race, which celebrates the end of the season in a true running party fashion! Relay teams must cover 100 miles at Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, Louisiana with 2, 3 or 5 team members. With a pot of gumbo cooking all day and participants hanging out chatting it feels more like a family reunion than a running event. For Edie’s own running adventures she has selected Beast for a Day directed by Whoa Racing Company and Team ASAP’s Danimal 50k. Aside from that, she will join in on whatever seems fun to her. That’s a key to Edie’s longevity in the sport. She takes off enough time after a big race so you don’t feel burned out or start to hate running. She always wants her hobby to be fun and enjoyable to her. As a full time Campaign Manager, an ultra runner and a race director I wondered aloud to Edie how she finds the time and energy to keep it all together. She explained how the last runner at one of her recent 100 mile events crossed the finish line exhausted but whole heartedly told her, “ ‘If I can do this, I can do anything.’ That kind of revelation keeps me going.” For more information about Paix Running please visit:

paixrunning.com

For more information about Chicot Challenge please visit:

chicotchallenge.com

Active Acadiana March 2018  

Acadiana's Only Health & Fitness Publication

Active Acadiana March 2018  

Acadiana's Only Health & Fitness Publication

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