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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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    crjbland REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Liked the route change on 7 Oaks! Don’t like the after party for marathoners. No food left and felt like you focus on the half marathon more than full! No … MORE

    Liked the route change on 7 Oaks!

    Don’t like the after party for marathoners. No food left and felt like you focus on the half marathon more than full!

    No finish pictures, only water at finish line, little food left. Could you at least hand out a bag with a banana and a bottle of Gatorade and maybe a little swag for the marathon finishers so we still feel part of the event?

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    slomojohn REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This was my fifth time running the Deja Vu at the Louisiana Marathon. Every year the race experience gets better and better. The Expo was not as populated as in … MORE

    This was my fifth time running the Deja Vu at the Louisiana Marathon. Every year the race experience gets better and better. The Expo was not as populated as in years past, which in understandable in a post-COVID time, but the rest of the race was top notch. I brought a couple friends with me, and they were totally blown away. This is a race that punches well above its weight.

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    kalyke FIRST-TIMER '23

    What a fun race weekend! I came in from out of town and visited the expo on Saturday. I arrived about an hour before packet pick up closed. The expo … MORE

    What a fun race weekend! I came in from out of town and visited the expo on Saturday. I arrived about an hour before packet pick up closed. The expo was in a huge room but only had a couple of vendors, nothing too exciting, so I was in and out in a few minutes. The bib number was assigned at packet pick up. The race T-shirt is quite soft and comfy, a blend of polyester and rayon.
    The next morning, I had a very easy 0.3 mile walk from my hotel to the gear check area, which was located between the start/finish and the after party area. Plenty of porto potties were also nearby. There were no major lines and it was very well organized so it was very easy to see where to go. The Capitol building looked really cool, lit up and located just beyond the finish line. The corrals opened on time and everything was just quite smooth.
    The half and full marathoners started at the same time. This race had great pacers – I stayed with the 4 hour pace group for much of the race. The course itself is flat, with plenty of aid stations and we run through neighborhoods where families set up unofficial aid stations as well. Crowd support was pretty good throughout most of the course.
    Afterwards, I went to the finishers fest where I enjoyed vegetarian gumbo, mango fruit cups, and water. Overall, it was a fun time and I recommend this race.

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    asthecroweflies FIRST-TIMER '23

    Make no mistake about it, Louisianians love to throw a party! The crowd support during this race was mind boggling------we ran through a lot of neighborhoods and there were so … MORE

    Make no mistake about it, Louisianians love to throw a party! The crowd support during this race was mind boggling——we ran through a lot of neighborhoods and there were so many families who set up tables of all kinds of water/gatorade/pickle juice/snacks—yes, even King Cake! I even passed one table of mimosas, screwdrivers, and some of other beverage that I can’t remember now; beer shots were also available at another table! Great signs; cowbells, claps, cheers, lots of kids helping out, so many police officers directing traffic/manning the intersections.
    There were several miles from about 15-21 where there were two lanes of runners—-the ones running out and the ones headed back to the finish. After a very scenic first half, this made the less scenic second half more interesting and motivating to runners as they saw friends in passing and as they didn’t want those passing them face to face to see them walking. 🙂 The course was relatively flat for most runners at 282 ft total ascent (I live in Baton Rouge though and my runs typically have less than 50 ft total ascent so it was hilly for me!!) and 26.53 miles according to my Garmin readings (I did try to run the tangents and not waste any steps although I did swing by most of the water stations). The post race food of gumbo and jambalaya was so cultural and fantastic. The serving sizes were small but you got 5 tickets so I had plenty to eat.
    It was so cool that they had “paparazzi” staked out to take pictures especially since I was alone at the race with no one take pictures for me. Though I had my bib on the outside of my clothing at all times, none of my pictures showed up in my profile because my bib had scooted over a little sideways with my fanny pack. But, I did find my pictures after painstaking searching through all the photos for about two hours! Also, when each runner crossed the finish line, an announcer said their name and hometown over the loud speaker—–that was fun to hear!
    The race t-shirt is soft and cozy and I will definitely wear it. I didn’t sign up for the race until 8 days before race day and they were sold out of all the adult sizes except small. A couple of days later, I saw the race was capped so I’m very glad I got in—— I didn’t realize I was in jeopardy of not being able to register! I was waiting to the last minute just to make sure I didn’t get sick or injured but I won’t do that next year.
    Recommendations to make it even better next year:
    1. Offer something other than beer to drink at the after party. I don’t like beer and I would have loved some chocolate milk or a Coke to drink. (I looked everywhere but didn’t see anything to drink but beer. I did get a water bottle at the finish line itself but I was sick of water by that point.)
    2. Give a specially designated “Finishers” jacket to each marathon finisher. It’s great marketing and bragging rights—-a win/win for everybody!

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    DonutShark FIRST-TIMER '23

    The good: * Race route is fairly pretty, passing through through the LSU campus, alongside a lake, and along shaded streets. The bad: * Pre-race expo was unimpressive. Aside from … MORE

    The good:

    * Race route is fairly pretty, passing through through the LSU campus, alongside a lake, and along shaded streets.

    The bad:
    * Pre-race expo was unimpressive. Aside from the typical shoe vendor and some apparel (nothing in my size), there wasn’t much. No pre-race swag either. A giant expo hall with very little in it. Lady who handed me my bib seemed pretty cranky that she had to be there.

    * The post-race party was a major disappointment. What was billed as a big Louisiana party “with a little extra” was a huge letdown. Three food tents (jambalaya, gumbo, and vegetarian), but the jambalaya tent was already empty when I finished the race. The beer supply was dwindled down to cans of Miller Lite (barf!). Most of the other sponsors/vendors had already abandoned their tents. Sure, there was live music, but for an event this size, this was one of the most pathetic post-race experiences I’ve ever had.

    Got Louisiana done, but don’t think I’ll return to Baton Rouge anytime soon.

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    lelejones FIRST-TIMER '23

    Race day was a little chilly, but once we started running it didn't feel as cold. The scenery was beautiful and the atmosphere was great. I really enjoyed this course. … MORE

    Race day was a little chilly, but once we started running it didn’t feel as cold. The scenery was beautiful and the atmosphere was great. I really enjoyed this course. I plan on doing this one every year from this point out.

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    bobbybengal79 FIRST-TIMER '23

    23 marathon and 15th state for me on the journey....I was not able to make the expo and elected the mail option for the bid....stayed at hotel a few blocks … MORE

    23 marathon and 15th state for me on the journey….I was not able to make the expo and elected the mail option for the bid….stayed at hotel a few blocks away from the start in downtown Baton Rouge which made for a easy morning…the start was near a park and the state capitol (which looked cool at night lit up), enough porta potties at the start and gear check was sufficient. The temperature was perfect at the start around 38 degrees no wind, warmed up to about the 50s by the end…the course took along many upscale residential area, lakes, LSU campus to include the football stadium…there were plenty of water stations, it seemed like almost every mile with enthusiastic volunteers and some good crowd support…..the only negative about the course was several of the residential roads were in solid need a repair…the hill was pretty flat with only a few small hills…..so a good PR course , though i was nursing a thigh injury so no luck for me….the finish festival was mostly a positive experience, nice live music, good gumbo, they did run out of Jambalaya… free local beer as well which you could have several….an additional plus is that they had a couple inflatables for children, which was great as my 4 and 7 year old support me during my races…the medal was a little small but unique…additional swag included a short sleave soft cotton shirt and a athletic bag…I would recommend this race highly…. a lot of restaurants and things to do in the area as well

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    runmill21 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Always be ready for a change in weather. The morning started out at 35°, then gradually got warmer. Before start time I came out of my running jacket. The course … MORE

    Always be ready for a change in weather. The morning started out at 35°, then gradually got warmer. Before start time I came out of my running jacket. The course is loaded with aid stations (official and non official ones) with Powerade and water. The post race food and beer makes it all worthwhile!

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    coopgrag FIRST-TIMER '23

    Good course with relatively little elevation change. There is on overpass climb near the end of the race that can be a challenge, but otherwise no significant hills. A long … MORE

    Good course with relatively little elevation change. There is on overpass climb near the end of the race that can be a challenge, but otherwise no significant hills. A long twisting road around a lake from miles 5-10 provides great scenery. The second half of the marathon, like many marathons, is not as scenic as the half. However, the neighborhoods were easy to run, and sections of shade helped with temperatures.

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    todd17406 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Baton Rouge is a very enjoyable city to visit and to run a marathon in January! Ideal temp range of 40 to 60 and a fast course in a mostly … MORE

    Baton Rouge is a very enjoyable city to visit and to run a marathon in January! Ideal temp range of 40 to 60 and a fast course in a mostly scenic area through the LSU campus, gorgeous lakes and very nice neighborhoods, then finishing in downtown. It’s a very walkable city. I stayed just .4 miles from the start at a very nice quaint 1825 B&B called ‘The Cottages at Capitol Park”. My B&B host, Michael suggested a restaurant called ‘Cocha’ and his suggestion was spot on. Their Roasted Vegetable Lasagna is delicious!

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    aorger1981 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This is a great race with beautiful scenery; I am a repeat walker of the 5k & half marathon. However, I was very disappointed in the race expo especially being … MORE

    This is a great race with beautiful scenery; I am a repeat walker of the 5k & half marathon. However, I was very disappointed in the race expo especially being too several great ones here in the past. Not many vendors at all and maybe was there for 5 minutes. Also, I had to pay $10 for parking in one of the garages. The parking fee may have been worth it IF there was a great expo. Also, was very disappointed in the after race party for the half/full marathon. It was the same food and booths as it was for the 5k. You had choice of vegetarian, gumbo or jambalaya. In past years, there were several exciting options. I ended up eating 2 tiny bowls of gumbo.

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    onthemove VOLUNTEER '23

    The expo & after party is not what it used to be. It takes an army of volunteers at the aid stations but it was hard to find the gels. … MORE

    The expo & after party is not what it used to be. It takes an army of volunteers at the aid stations but it was hard to find the gels. The aid station volunteers need to alert you to where it is.

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    drmh9368 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Great course. Good after party. Starts on time! Plenty of aid/water/bathrooms along the route. The Expo this year was VERY, VERY disappointing! Have run this race 10 times and have … MORE

    Great course. Good after party. Starts on time! Plenty of aid/water/bathrooms along the route. The Expo this year was VERY, VERY disappointing! Have run this race 10 times and have never seen an expo so small (not counting Covid year). Embarrassing! There were also fewer food vendors at the after party than in the past. Name on bib option was not offered this year.

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    teates222 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Good crowd support along the course in true LSU fashion no shortage of drinks of all sorts. Nice after party. Great music. Blowup Kids section was nice. food and beverages … MORE

    Good crowd support along the course in true LSU fashion no shortage of drinks of all sorts. Nice after party. Great music. Blowup Kids section was nice. food and beverages were good.

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    jphil853 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Louisiana Marathon 2023 was a bonus for me. I registered before a stress fracture and IT Band Syndrome halted my training. I did not plan to run, but when my … MORE

    Louisiana Marathon 2023 was a bonus for me. I registered before a stress fracture and IT Band Syndrome halted my training. I did not plan to run, but when my bib came in the mail four days ahead of Sunday, I booked my flight.

    With just an 11-mile long before the race, I anticipated walking the second half. However, I pulled off a negative split with no walking necessary. The flat course kept my interest and the weather was perfect for a race. Be prepared for a long out and back in the second half of the race. It’s good to know you will see many runners ahead of you heading back to finish line. The crowds and fellow runners were super friendly even though the were a bit sparse after the last 6 miles.

    The post-race food and beverage was spectacular. It reflected LA and flowed easily from stand to stand. Family and friends get to join in as well.

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    bonniec218 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This was my 4th year to run Louisiana. This was my very first half so it always feels like home. I really missed the EXPO being like it used to … MORE

    This was my 4th year to run Louisiana. This was my very first half so it always feels like home. I really missed the EXPO being like it used to be. There were only a couple of vendors. The weather was AMAZING! I did the 5K on Saturday so I was able to snag the DeJa Vu medal for the 2nd time. This is a great race that winds through LSU campus, around a lake, and through neighborhoods. Many of the residents come out to cheer us on and many have been doing so since the marathon started 8 years ago. If you have never done The Louisiana Marathon you need to add it to your bucket list.

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    robrien0215 FIRST-TIMER '23

    I loved this race! Chose to run the double-5k Saturday morning, half Sunday. Everything was seamless from packet pick up, start, finish and aid stations. The 5k course is a … MORE

    I loved this race! Chose to run the double-5k Saturday morning, half Sunday. Everything was seamless from packet pick up, start, finish and aid stations.

    The 5k course is a bit boring but runs really quick.

    The half marathon course is beautiful-running through LSU and around a lake. Only some small inclines along the way.

    Crowd support is amazing! Seems there was an aid station every half mile-some homemade like a mimosa, Bloody Mary stop or corona shots even beignets! Plenty of crowd support to keep you moving.

    The after party had lots of food and a generous amount of tickets for four and drinks (5). Most races give you 2 max so 5 both days…wow!

    I did hear the expo was smaller than normal but grabbing my bibs, shirts and 2 bags was easy.

    Great weather for January-highly encourage anyone who needs to run Louisiana to check this race out!

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    jnwheeler44 REPEAT RUNNER '23

    The race itself is good. I live here, so it was running on the same roads I am on pretty frequently. The pre and post race seemed like afterthoughts. The … MORE

    The race itself is good. I live here, so it was running on the same roads I am on pretty frequently. The pre and post race seemed like afterthoughts. The “vegetarian booth” is both embarrassing (as a local) and insulting (as a vegetarian). Lots of beer, if you like having a drink at 9am. None of my tickets were used.

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    bcribb REPEAT RUNNER '23

    This is one of my favorite races. Always well supported by the community and lots of beautiful scenery. Disappointed by the small expo, not many food options after the race … MORE

    This is one of my favorite races. Always well supported by the community and lots of beautiful scenery.
    Disappointed by the small expo, not many food options after the race and no community coffee! Otherwise, another great race day!

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    runningaway REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Pros: The race started exactly on time, it was well organized and clearly marked, there were plenty of bathrooms at the start/finish and throughout the race, the first half of … MORE

    Pros: The race started exactly on time, it was well organized and clearly marked, there were plenty of bathrooms at the start/finish and throughout the race, the first half of the race is beautiful and scenic, there’s lots of support and places for your people to come cheer you on, the shirts are THE softest I’ve ever gotten from a race, race merch is cute and high quality, the 4:40 pacer was spot on—he was fun, high energy, and ran all his miles within a 2-10 second margin, the last turn onto North Blvd is like nothing I’ve experience anywhere else. Tons of people yelling, you can see the finish line, the adrenaline is out of this world. BCBS had a sign making booth at the expo—SO FUN! And the people and volunteers everywhere were really nice! Protein shakes at the end of the race were delicious and much appreciated.

    Cons: Expo was tiny, especially compared to 2022 and the previous years. There was a Louisiana tourism area, a selfie station that was an awesome idea but didn’t actually text us our selfies, a shoe area, a candy booth, a race merch area, a BCBS sign making area, a CORE power protein drink booth, and a girls on the run charity booth. We definitely missed browsing booths about the nearby races and running activities and products and services. The food they have at the finish fest is gumbo, jambalaya, fruit, and fruit cups (and the aforementioned protein drinks.) Would love it if they added something like king cake or doughnuts or pizza. There’s plenty of beer but we don’t drink so most of our tickets go unused.

    Two small complaints among a really fantastic time. This is our favorite race weekend, we will definitely be back. We always register early so we get the “In Training” shirts. I think most of our wardrobe is Louisiana Marathon weekend merch after the $5 T-shirt sale they had in 2022.

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