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Overall Rating (24 Reviews)
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(24 Ratings)(24 Reviews)
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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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    RUNableChris FIRST-TIMER '20

    HIGHLIGHTS: Unique Course, Baton Rouge, Finish Line Party & the B2B Challenge Medal! LOWLIGHTS: Post-Race FREEZE & Expensive Swag. I have to admit … this event was a pleasant surprise! … MORE

    HIGHLIGHTS: Unique Course, Baton Rouge, Finish Line Party & the B2B Challenge Medal! LOWLIGHTS: Post-Race FREEZE & Expensive Swag.

    I have to admit … this event was a pleasant surprise! The city of Baton Rouge is a hidden gem and the event itself is a unique running festival that celebrates passion for the sport of running combined with Louisiana culture. #LouisianaMarathon #GeauxRunLA #HalfCrazy #BeachToBayouChallenge

    READ MY FULL REVIEW (which includes details and pics!) by clicking on the “Race Report” located at the top of this page if you’re on your phone OR to your right if you’re on a desktop. Or find it on my website (RUNable.life) under the “Race Reviews” section.

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    cjmaise FIRST-TIMER '14

    Beautiful Baton Rouge. Nice, flat course. Very easy to PR. I’ve done every distance they offer. And will continue to do this race. Southern hospitality and great food always. MORE

    Beautiful Baton Rouge. Nice, flat course. Very easy to PR. I’ve done every distance they offer. And will continue to do this race. Southern hospitality and great food always.

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    stephr66 FIRST-TIMER '20

    The scenery was absolutely amazing!! With the weather cooperating with us for the day. Lots of gorgeous water views with friendly people along the way. They said they had great … MORE

    The scenery was absolutely amazing!! With the weather cooperating with us for the day. Lots of gorgeous water views with friendly people along the way. They said they had great food at the end but it was all taken up and gone when I got to the finish line. Oh well haha that’s what I get for being so slow.

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    LauraRoth FIRST-TIMER '20

    Overall this was a great race weekend! We hit up the expo on Friday and they had craft beer samples. The shirt is a soft short sleeve shirt that is … MORE

    Overall this was a great race weekend! We hit up the expo on Friday and they had craft beer samples. The shirt is a soft short sleeve shirt that is super comfortable. I’ve worn it running and just around. They also gave out a nice reusable bag. On to the actual race. Plenty of port o’pots at the start (I didn’t even wait in line) although I wish they had more along the course as I had to stop and wait during the race itself. Free coffee while waiting. The race started right on time, which I loved. Course was mostly flat and really nice. It went around a beautiful lake. Plenty of aid stations and some spectators also were giving out candy, water, & Rice Krispie treats. Afterwards they have an amazing party. You have 6 tickets & there are multiple food vendors handing out Jambalaya, Gumbo, King Cake, etc, and also a craft beer tent. Best post race food I’ve ever had! This race is a hidden gem.

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    kellyscott8 FIRST-TIMER '20

    I loved this race. Course was beautiful and varied, going through lots of different neighborhoods. Great volunteers and supporters along the course. Overall a great race! MORE

    I loved this race. Course was beautiful and varied, going through lots of different neighborhoods. Great volunteers and supporters along the course. Overall a great race!

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    Stacystruggles FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is a fun race atmosphere minus the cold. Cold is hard on a California girl, but it does help with running faster. Great course and fun after party. Won … MORE

    This is a fun race atmosphere minus the cold. Cold is hard on a California girl, but it does help with running faster. Great course and fun after party. Won an age award and had lots of fun celebrating Louisiana style. Highly recommend. They didn’t have shirts for us, but they did mail them to us shortly after which was awesome!

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    pkroon FIRST-TIMER '20

    I am so glad I went down for this race weekend. A contingent of guys from my hometown have made this an annual tradition, and now I know why. The … MORE

    I am so glad I went down for this race weekend. A contingent of guys from my hometown have made this an annual tradition, and now I know why. The quarter marathon and 5K kick off the weekend’s races. If you do one of these plus the full or half the next day, you get a nice prize—a crawfish platter to take home! All races share the same start/finish line in full view of the Louisiana Capitol. There is plenty of green space to warm up or hang out. 

    At the expo on Friday I met Sunday’s pacing team. They were out there on the course and cheered for me by name as I passed by in the Quarter on Saturday. I’m sure it helped that my bib had my name printed on it, but the recognition was nice. The course is very flat (really the only hill I noticed is an overpass up/down that is done twice).

    I went out hard (not everybody does that for the first race of a double) and was rewarded with 2nd overall. The age group winners 3-deep get official race posters designed by a local artist (at the expo you could buy it for $35). Everyone also gets 6 tickets to use at the finish festival for the food of your choosing. It was great to have so much variety…do I want to try shrimp etoufee, pork & grits, jambalaya, okra gumbo, or maybe everything?!

    Saturday’s weather was in the 70s and humid, but a front moved in overnight and cooled things off to ideal conditions for marathon morning. It was about 45 and breezy, but only a couple places were exposed to headwinds. I locked in with the pace group that matched the time I was shooting for and they kept me steady for as long as I could hang on. The course goes through historic neighborhoods and the LSU campus, along the lake, and back into downtown. The LSU Tigers had just finished an undefeated football season that week, so there were Mardi Gras beads left over from their parade the previous day (which I went to right after the quarter marathon). What a great weekend! The fact that it happens with a Monday holiday makes it an even more enticing event to go to. 

    As for me, I finished with a significant PR which qualifies me for Boston for my first time! What a nice surprise that they have “I BQed at the Louisiana Marathon” shirts at the awards area for everyone who did it. Everyone was very friendly. In fact, at my carbo-loading dinner the night before, I met the founder of the race eating dinner with his wife at the same restaurant. He was the first to congratulate me at the finish line—how great is that?

    You can bet that this festival of races is high on my list of favorites. If ever there is a race I would want to repeat on my quest for all 50 states, look no further than Louisiana Marathon!

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    pkroon FIRST-TIMER '20

    I am so glad I went down for this race weekend. A contingent of guys from my hometown have made this an annual tradition, and now I know why. The … MORE

    I am so glad I went down for this race weekend. A contingent of guys from my hometown have made this an annual tradition, and now I know why. The quarter marathon and 5K kick off the weekend’s races. If you do one of these plus the full or half the next day, you get a nice prize—a crawfish platter to take home! All races share the same start/finish line in full view of the Louisiana Capitol. There is plenty of green space to warm up or hang out. 

    At the expo on Friday I met Sunday’s pacing team. They were out there on the course and cheered for me by name as I passed by in the Quarter on Saturday. I’m sure it helped that my bib had my name printed on it, but the recognition was nice. The course is very flat (really the only hill I noticed is an overpass up/down that is done twice).

    I went out hard (not everybody does that for the first race of a double) and was rewarded with 2nd overall. The age group winners 3-deep get official race posters designed by a local artist (at the expo you could buy it for $35). Everyone also gets 6 tickets to use at the finish festival for the food of your choosing. It was great to have so much variety…do I want to try shrimp etoufee, pork & grits, jambalaya, okra gumbo, or maybe everything?!

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    bjrobinette FIRST-TIMER '20

    The reason to run this race is the after party. Plenty of food and beverages (runners get 6 beer tickets). Great family atmosphere. Live music on a stage until 2:00. … MORE

    The reason to run this race is the after party. Plenty of food and beverages (runners get 6 beer tickets). Great family atmosphere. Live music on a stage until 2:00.

    The race itself was fine. Mostly flat, the biggest hills are going over the bridge (twice). Mostly run in residential area surrounding a lake. Some spectators had mimosas, beer, food. Part of the race is on the LSU campus, including running around the football stadium (Death Valley). Swag was good. The organization was great but the music fest at the end was definitely topnotch. I stayed at the Hilton which was a popular place for out of towners. Easy walk to start/finish. I would recommend this race without reservation.

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    raispuro FIRST-TIMER '14

    This is one of my favorite races! The course was flat and not difficult. The scenery was amazing. The swag was AMAZING! The finish festival was divine. There was so … MORE

    This is one of my favorite races! The course was flat and not difficult. The scenery was amazing. The swag was AMAZING! The finish festival was divine. There was so much food, fun, and family friendly stuff at it! I will do this race again!

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    raispuro FIRST-TIMER '14

    This was a great 5k! In doing the 5k and a Sunday race, you get extra swag! The finish festival is divine!! I’m so glad I decided to do both … MORE

    This was a great 5k! In doing the 5k and a Sunday race, you get extra swag! The finish festival is divine!! I’m so glad I decided to do both days of races!

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    usamhall FIRST-TIMER '19

    Best part of the race was the after party with Cajun Food. We enjoyed running and partying with our Louisiana friends. The reputation of this race does not disappoint. From … MORE

    Best part of the race was the after party with Cajun Food. We enjoyed running and partying with our Louisiana friends. The reputation of this race does not disappoint. From registration, mailings, expo, and organization it was top rate. Even though raceday was cold… we stood for hours eating great food and drinking free beer. We also liked the great swag. Please note the course goes through LSU campus and many great neighborhoods. There was one particular out and back where every block was another party. Loved all the music. We intend to go back again.

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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… MORE

    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? LESS

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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…

    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… MORE

    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. LESS

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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… MORE

    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! LESS

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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… MORE

    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! LESS

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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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