The Race Directors go all out for this one. Starting with the Kids multi week 26.2 mile program, 5k, Half and Full Marathon there is a race distance for everyone. Even the Spectators & Volunteers can come and enjoy the Finish Line Festival for a small fee to soak up the many local delicacies and music.
With a slogan like “Run-Eat-Dance-Laugh” everyone is sure to enjoy.
(Above picture from the start of the 5k)
Since I started running two years ago I said I would try to different races each year but since the Inaugural race started in 2012 I have already broken my rule on this one. I do believe it will continue to be an exception. The Full distance of this Baton Rouge race is a certified Boston Qualifier so it continues to draws runners from 46 + states and 12+ countries. When you are at the Start line in front of the State Capital that Sunday morning for the Half/Full you will see the diversity of runners for this race. It is quite surreal. Be sure to come down early so you don’t miss the Expo that starts on Friday with lots of vendors to load up on a wide variety of running merchandise.
(Above picture from the start of the Half & Full)
Don’t miss out add this one to your annual Race Calendar. For more information: http://www.thelouisianamarathon.com/ or on Facebook
Pros: So far this race has been blessed by Mother Nature with great cool, comfortable weather, scenic course (downtown Baton Rouge, LSU campus area, etc), ample water stops along the way and an awesome Finisher medal & Festival awaiting for you when you complete your race.
Cons: Mostly flat course. There is one incline that I personally call the “IT Band Band Buster” but for anyone that runs hills regularly it is a breeze. I won’t tell you where on the course. I will let it be a surprise!