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Overall Rating (31 Reviews)
4.7
(31 Ratings)(31 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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    pablopelos REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Lots of local support, encouragement and alcoholic beverages. The pint sized Jambalaya after the race really hits the spot. Course is relatively flat with the exception of a bridge a … MORE

    Lots of local support, encouragement and alcoholic beverages. The pint sized Jambalaya after the race really hits the spot. Course is relatively flat with the exception of a bridge a mile in and a mile from the end (the perk is you can smell fresh baked bread on the bridge as the Merita plant is nearby). Love this race.

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    runningservant FIRST-TIMER '21

    If you are not familiar with me, please read my story so that you'll know about how I'm going from the gory to glory for HIS Story. As I mentioned … MORE

    If you are not familiar with me, please read my story so that you’ll know about how I’m going from the gory to glory for HIS Story. As I mentioned in my review of the Quarter Crazy, everyone has a running level of crazy. Most are half crazy, some are full crazy while a few are Ultra Crazy (which I use to be); but now I’m just AUDACIOUS —
    Aaron’s Audacious Goal.
    https://murfieldcoaching.com/2021/01/12/what-is-your-2021-audacious-goal/

    Unlike the Quarter and half Marathons, the full takes you on a route that will have you crazy not to want to finish. Although I made it to the cutoff point with minutes to spare, I decided to turn around and finish with the half marathoners. There was no way I could muster up the momentum to catch up with a pace to finish inside the 6 hour course time, especially since it would mean that I would have to complete the course in 5 hours 15 minutes. I would have to live to run another day.

    Despite not competing the entire full, I was blessed to run the last 400 meters with a lady who was looking to complete her marathon in under 4 hours. She asked if I could pace her across the finish line. I was honored. After all, they don’t call me the Running Servant for nothing.

    Call me crazy (or Cajun Crazy), but I just love it when I’m able to run and serve someone on the concrete course. I had a weekend full of doing so. Saturday, I served my baby as she completed her first every Quarter Marathon then Sunday, I was able to serve Chris who wanted to run a half in under 4 hours without training and the lady who hit her PR goal of a sub 4.

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    runningservant FIRST-TIMER '21

    Craziness comes in many different distances when it comes to walking, jogging running or any combination of the three (I. E. Wogging - mixing of walking and jogging). Some are … MORE

    Craziness comes in many different distances when it comes to walking, jogging running or any combination of the three (I. E. Wogging – mixing of walking and jogging). Some are half crazy (13.1), others are full crazy (26.2) and a select are Ultra crazy (31.7 miles and above). Me? I use to be ultra crazy before I was the victim of a violent crime (shot several times), but now I’m just AUDACIOUS and maybe just A QUARTER crazy.

    If you’ve been following me, more than likely you’ve read an article or listened to a podcast about my journey and plight. If not, you may want to read or listen by clicking on the link below —

    Aaron’s Audacious Goal.
    https://murfieldcoaching.com/2021/01/12/what-is-your-2021-audacious-goal/

    If you are familiar with why I’m running 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 weeks to celebrate my 50th Birthday Year benefiting St. Jude Children Research Hospital, then you’ll know that I am no stranger to running and serving. This run of the quarter marathon was no different.

    I was grateful and glad to have on the course with me a very dear friend and special lady. Although I am normally up and out at the races before the crowds arrive — I love helping behind the scenes — I rolled up on time for most but late by my standards to the race. The corrals were socially distanced and the temp was wonderful. The race was amazing all the way around. Baton Rouge is a great place to run, and the people were fantastic. It was a great experience and a special memorable moment for me in my run history.

    I’d definitely recommend this race to anyone who is looking for a great overall experience. There’s nothing missing except the crowds of supporters due to Covid. But the love runners had for each other carried us.

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    gretchenbolson FIRST-TIMER '21

    This was my second experience running with this organization (I also ran Mississippi Gulf Coast in December), and I think they put on an excellent race. Communication was stellar, and … MORE

    This was my second experience running with this organization (I also ran Mississippi Gulf Coast in December), and I think they put on an excellent race. Communication was stellar, and corrals were well organized to allow for a staggered start. This year, the race was postponed to March (the race is usually held over MLK weekend in January). I’m not sure what the typical weather conditions are at that time of year, but the weather was glorious on our race day. It was slightly chilly in the morning, but warmed up as the day progressed. I heard some say it was TOO warm, but I am from Florida, so I thought it was lovely! 🙂 Water stations were plentiful and volunteers were friendly. The course was flattish, and I was really impressed with what we saw of Baton Rouge. It is a gorgeous city. I especially loved running past Tiger Stadium and the LSU lakes (I kept craning my neck to see all the fabulous houses we ran past). The jambalaya at the end was delicious. I loved getting a special medal for running both marathons in Mississippi and Louisiana (Beach to Bayou medal).

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    Bluebird46360 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Great Covid precautions from properly placed cones in each corral to social distance runners, mask requirements, to flag starting 5 people at a time. The course was mainly flat, with … MORE

    Great Covid precautions from properly placed cones in each corral to social distance runners, mask requirements, to flag starting 5 people at a time. The course was mainly flat, with no major hills (only one bridge that you go over twice), with great views of some very nice homes and the LSU campus (lake, Mike the Tiger and stadium). I was actually surprised by all the spectators and added support (snacks, mimosas, beer, bloody marys) along the course. The finish was in front of the capitol building which made for good finisher photos (which were free to download), the medal was really nice as well…with many other options to earn extra bling. We also received prepackaged jambalaya which was delicious (no beer at finish).

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    Dustinisthebest REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Fresh Junkie always puts on great races. A lot of people travel from all over the country to run this one. They had all of the necessary precautions in place … MORE

    Fresh Junkie always puts on great races. A lot of people travel from all over the country to run this one. They had all of the necessary precautions in place to keep everyone safe with the rolling start. The route runs around the beautiful LSU Lakes and Start/Finish is right in front of the Baton Rouge State Capital Building.

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    pablopelos REPEAT RUNNER '20

    So even though this was postponed from mid Jan to start of March it started off quite chilly (43 and very breezy). Standard covid precautions done, very orderly start, great … MORE

    So even though this was postponed from mid Jan to start of March it started off quite chilly (43 and very breezy). Standard covid precautions done, very orderly start, great flat course, good snacks along the way, with plenty of public support for alcohol (Mimosas, bloody marys, beer, etc), a great time. THe post race jambalaya was a great touch.

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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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