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RACE DAY: 25 April 2015

Times - the 1 mile is at 8am and the 5k is at 8:30am.

T-shirts - pre-registered participants are guaranteed their size requested at the time of entry, race day sign-ups are not guaranteed a shirt or proper size.

Post-Race - free post-race celebration consists of food, beer, other beverages, awards, and door prizes, bring a seat to sit in the grass and plan to stick around after the race.


Register online

Download a printable registration form that you can fill out and mail in or bring to the race with you. Race day registration will also be available beginning at 7am on the field. Just follow the signs once you cross over the Abbey's bridge.


If you're interested in partnering with us to help cover the cost of the Monk Run, please click here for sponsorship information.

Volunteers - you are definitely needed! Please click here for our online volunteer sign up page.

Directions - the Abbey is located at 75376 River Rd. in Saint Benedict, LA. For directions click on this link to a Google map and then click on the "Get Directions" button. Enter your address in order to get directions from where you are to the monastery. Then follow the signs and volunteers to the race start.

Awards - handmade awards are given to overall winners (overall male, overall female, master male, master female, racewalker male, and racewalker female) and age group winners in 10 year brackets. The mile is only awarded to persons 16 years and under with awards going to overall winners and two year age brackets.


The Monk Run was originally called RALI which is Run for Abbey Land Improvements. RALI only lasted a few years, until in 2011 one of our staff and a monk brought the race back with the help of the 15th Street Flyers. Despite cold and rainy February temperatures, devoted runners still emerged and ran the inaugural Monk Run. The race has grown exponentially and we are grateful that all funds raised still go to help the Abbey's forest maintenance and land improvements.

The goal of the Monk Run is to have a good time. It was established for the local community to share in the beauty of the Abbey Woods. The race course was designed to provide a scenic view of the property, and a post-race celebration, consisting of free food, door prizes, and an atmosphere of camaraderie.


Kit Friedrichs-Baumann - kbaumann@sjasc.edu - 985-867-2233
Diane Weiss - goweiss@bellsouth.net - 504-460-2991