Overall Rating
Overall Rating (12 Reviews)
4.4
(12 Ratings)(12 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.4
SCENERY
3.8
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
3.7
The Louisiana Marathon will take place in Louisiana’s capitol city, Baton Rouge. Established in 2012 to become a major racing event and festival celebrating the passion for running and Louisiana culture, this multi-race format has a distance for everyone. Participants can choose from a full, half, or quarter marathon; a … MORE
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    jag5374 FIRST-TIMER '14

    1st full. Good race. Year I ran the course was under construction. I said one and done, but this April Iwill be participating in my 7th full. I guess Louisiana … MORE

    1st full. Good race. Year I ran the course was under construction. I said one and done, but this April Iwill be participating in my 7th full. I guess Louisiana hooked me!

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    kt.eller FIRST-TIMER '19

    A beautiful (scenery + weather) race on a flat course. Lots of "tailgate party" style crowd support and aid stations in the neighborhoods throughout the course. Not too big nor … MORE

    A beautiful (scenery + weather) race on a flat course. Lots of “tailgate party” style crowd support and aid stations in the neighborhoods throughout the course. Not too big nor too small. A wonderful experience, complete with King Cake that I found around Mile 22. Awesome post-race festival with local foods and beer. Loved it!!

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    sletou01 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The water stops were abundant throughout the course with multiple stops that had Honey Stinger gels. Not a very much crowd support. Road surface was rough in spots and portions … MORE

    The water stops were abundant throughout the course with multiple stops that had Honey Stinger gels. Not a very much crowd support. Road surface was rough in spots and portions are on cement! After race was party gave you a taste of LA. That was a little something extra.

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    42kStraley FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was the 9th marathon I've run (not counting repeat races) and it is by far heads and shoulders above all other races. Why, you might ask? Easy course, marvelous … MORE

    This was the 9th marathon I’ve run (not counting repeat races) and it is by far heads and shoulders above all other races. Why, you might ask? Easy course, marvelous scenery, most aid and gel stations I’ve ever seen (I came out of the race 1 gel more than what I brought), and get ready for this! I ate so much gumbo and jumbalaya that I didn’t have to eat again till dinner. The race is still on the hometown marathon scale so hotels and race organizers still treat you as a valuable commodity. I loved it! Easy town to navigate too, when the race is still going. I will definitely run this race again.

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    cassidymegan3 Feb 25, 2019 at 10:31am

    I like this review. *** The race is still on the hometown marathon scale so hotels and race organizers still treat you as a valuable commodity.***
    Do you know how many marathoners there are in this race?

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    42kStraley Feb 26, 2019 at 7:16pm

    891 RunnerS. It's kind of a lot, but still under 1,000. The hotel didn't bat an eye when I asked for a later checkout time. In Tulsa, they negotiated with me.

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '19

    Having already finished my fifty states quest, I was in search of a new PR. My main choices were Houston, Louisiana, and Surf City for a decent course, best chance … MORE

    Having already finished my fifty states quest, I was in search of a new PR. My main choices were Houston, Louisiana, and Surf City for a decent course, best chance of good weather, and uncrowded field. I settled on Louisiana after reading many reviews and getting input from other runners, and I’m glad I listened!

    The weather on Saturday (10k, 5k, and kids’ race I believe) was rain and thunderstorms and some of those events were cancelled. I arrived that afternoon to great weather thankfully, and it held through Sunday’s events. It was cold (low 30s at the start, probably low 40s by the end, and the sun came out later in the morning. The downside was it was quite windy which made it feel colder) but in my opinion, cold is great to run in so I was thrilled.

    The expo was a nice size and they had some slick race specific gear. I’m a sucker for hats and did end up buying a cool trucker hat. Other than that I was in and out in ten minutes.

    The start/finish was close to my hotel so I took advantage and left my room a little later, then got a solid warmup in before going into my corral at 6:45. This was key: I was able to line up almost at the front, near the 3:20 pacer (I was shooting for 3:25 or better) and when the gun went off I didn’t have to weave and dodge like at my last race (MCM). This got me on pace from the beginning and kept me from adding distance that would skew my results. I don’t know how many marathoners vs half marathoners there were, but I found the field to be a good size, and once we split at mile 11, it was even better.

    The course itself was a nice mix of neighborhoods (beautiful old trees and Spanish moss abound), LSU campus, and a lake that had some very nice views and beautiful houses, though the wind was cutting in many places. The road surface was generally fine, there was only one short stretch of really rough, not-quite-fully-paved surface but that was minor. I also found the course perfectly marked. I was running great tangents for almost the first ten miles and ended up with 26.29 miles (whereas MCM I ended up closer to 26.6). Plenty of police and volunteers and lots of aid stations.

    The medal is nice; I love their logo with the tree (hence the hat I bought) and the finisher shirt, while simple, is a super soft cotton or something. It’s very comfy.

    The best, and most unexpected perk for me, was the BQ tent where, after getting your official results, you could claim a “I Boston Qualified at the Louisiana Marathon” shirt in blue and gold. Awesome!!

    The festival appeared to have lots of food and beer options, but I don’t usually eat right after a race so I headed back to my hotel to warmup. It looked like quite a party!

    Overall, this really is a great race with a small-town feeling. It’s wonderfully produced and marked, there were ample volunteers and police out to support, and it felt like a race for runners. I really enjoyed the day and was thrilled with my results. I’d recommend it for anyone seeking a PR, and if you luck out with the weather you can have a seriously great race. Geaux run Louisiana!

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    cassidymegan3 Feb 25, 2019 at 10:30am

    Congratulations on your BQ! This is a nice, thorough review. I particularly like this part: This was key: I was able to line up almost at the front, near the 3:20 pacer (I was shooting for 3:25 or better) and when the gun went off ***I didn’t have to weave and dodge like at my last race ***
    It's always nice when fellow runners are respectful/mindful of the staging area.
    Does this race have corrals?
    Wave Start?
    Just curious. This is tagged as my Louisiana Marathon on my quest for the states.

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    RunnerMeg Feb 25, 2019 at 11:39am

    Thanks! There were no official corrals, just pacers with signs but it wasn’t a super crowded field. The only wave start was for those with a nonprofit that were pushing strollers and wheelchairs; they had a few minute head start. It was well organized and I never felt like I had to struggle to get a good position or tangent. It’s a great race!

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    kristen.dodd REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The course has beautiful scenery and great spectators that dress up and come support. Good after party a a a a a a a a a a a a a … MORE

    The course has beautiful scenery and great spectators that dress up and come support. Good after party a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a a

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    rrusso6 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my second marathon in 6 months. The course was so welcoming and pretty. I took an hour off of my time! The past-race festival kind of sucks though. … MORE

    This was my second marathon in 6 months. The course was so welcoming and pretty. I took an hour off of my time! The past-race festival kind of sucks though. It’s ticket based and you only get 6 to all the different vendors. Other than that it’s nice.

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 26, 2018 at 1:01am

    I ran Louisiana as well last year Rachael, and was amazed at the winter humidity — foggy and humid in January, I wasn't expecting that. Too bad we couldn't coordinate post-race, I'm rarely hungry right after a marathon so would happily have shared my vendor tickets. And I love the look of your Future Races table — clearly the quest for the Six Star medal has begun. :) Run well in Chicago (awesome race), and hope you'll continue to share your racing adventures here on RaceRaves!

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    klucht FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race is one of the best I have ever attended. There are tons of activities built around the events including a "rum run" lead by a jazz band to … MORE

    This race is one of the best I have ever attended. There are tons of activities built around the events including a “rum run” lead by a jazz band to a local distillery. The race course is flat and goes thru some beautiful neighborhoods and along a lake. There are a number of loud cheering stations to keep you motivated. After the race there is a fabulous food festival were you can try the best of Louisiana cooking. I absolutely LOVED this race and I would highly recommend it!!

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    indigo4081 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Unlike other races where you get pretzels and chips, you get gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etoufee etc. Best post race festival ever. Come for the food! MORE

    Unlike other races where you get pretzels and chips, you get gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etoufee etc. Best post race festival ever. Come for the food!

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    jujubike1 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I had a wonderful time in Baton Rouge! Everything was top notch. The best part was the finish line festival! I couldn't believe all of the local food and beer … MORE

    I had a wonderful time in Baton Rouge! Everything was top notch. The best part was the finish line festival! I couldn’t believe all of the local food and beer samplings. The medal was very nice. I really enjoyed the course , especially the area around LSU. Overall a great January marathon .

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    M_Sohaskey FIRST-TIMER '17

    Whether you’re a 50 stater or just seeking a great race, I can tell you with conviction Baton Rouge is just the place. With Deep South hospitality and lagniappe to … MORE

    Whether you’re a 50 stater
    or just seeking a great race,
    I can tell you with conviction
    Baton Rouge is just the place.

    With Deep South hospitality
    and lagniappe to spare,
    you get the sense the folks in charge
    do really give a care.

    Logistics are easy, the course shows off
    the campus and the town,
    and ‘cross the finish line awaits
    the best post-race fest around.

    Free photos, awesome volunteers,
    aid stations laid out well—
    if the devil’s in the details
    Louisiana gives ‘em hell.

    Sure, the swag may not excite
    with simple shirt and bling.
    But ask me would I run again?
    No doubt—and that’s the thing.

    So a final word for runners
    looking for a top-notch show:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    is the place you want to geaux!

    #GeauxRunLA

    For a more detailed narrative—most of it in prose—see my race report at http://blisterscrampsheaves.com/2017/02/17/louisiana-marathon-race-report/

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    kyrah Feb 21, 2017 at 12:56pm

    Great write up both here & the full detailed race report. What a touching story about the father & son. Thanks for sharing.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 22, 2017 at 12:53am

    Appreciate the kind words, Kyrah! Having the chance to meet people like Joey and his family is my real motivation for wanting to run in all 50 states.

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    Marinaw262 FIRST-TIMER '15

    Baton Rogue is often overlooked for that other infamous city in Louisiana, but has just as much hospitality and charm! The Louisiana Marathon is a pretty big field of runners, … MORE

    Baton Rogue is often overlooked for that other infamous city in Louisiana, but has just as much hospitality and charm! The Louisiana Marathon is a pretty big field of runners, and the city comes out to put on a party! We start near the convention center, run past LSU campus (where, if lucky, you can see their mascot, a Tiger, in his cage—yes a real live tiger is housed on campus!) The next handful of miles is run along a lake, with a lot of beautiful homes, and their residents are out ready to greet! I enjoyed more than I can count of : beer, mimosa ,bloody mary, etc.! Most of the rest of the race is run through residential neighborhoods and shaded city streets. We end at the same place as we started, and then the real fun begins—tons of food & beer or bloody marys! They even have a special vegan section with about a half dozen choices for those not inclined to eat meat. For meat-eaters, tons of options. Real fun race production.

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