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Overall Rating (61 Reviews)
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(61 Ratings)  (61 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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    bonniec218 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is my 3rd year for TLM (half) and it did not disappoint. Of course, things are a bit different since Covid but it is slowly getting back to what … MORE

    This is my 3rd year for TLM (half) and it did not disappoint. Of course, things are a bit different since Covid but it is slowly getting back to what it was. Being a Louisiana girl, I love the Baton Rouge area and look forward to this race every year… maybe because TLM was my first ever half marathon.

    The course runs through LSU campus and around the lake (which is usually pretty windy and cold in January) but course support is plenty with many homeowners coming out to cheer you on as you run through their neighborhoods.

    I ran the 5K on Saturday which meant I received a pretty cool medal for running 2 races the same weekend.

    Food and beer are plentiful after the race but I did miss the Community Coffee truck this year at the beginning of the race.

    If you are looking for a Louisiana race, you will be hard-pressed to find a better one. Baton Rouge has some of the best food around and true southern hospitality.

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '22

    It was a colder weekend than I imagined it was going to be, but that didn't impact my enjoyment of visiting Baton Rouge and running the 5k on Saturday and … MORE

    It was a colder weekend than I imagined it was going to be, but that didn’t impact my enjoyment of visiting Baton Rouge and running the 5k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.

    It was a well run race. It was a nice course with a fantastic post race experience – beer, gumbo, and jambalaya plus music.

    Over the weekend, we had beignets and visited a museum near the start/finish area. There are a lot of hotel options near the start/finish and the expo is a walkable distance, too.

    Fun weekend – I would recommend this race!

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    runmill21 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The course is great and the post-race festivities are wonderful! Course is clearly marked and there are plenty aid stations (official and unofficial). The community support is awesome. I get … MORE

    The course is great and the post-race festivities are wonderful! Course is clearly marked and there are plenty aid stations (official and unofficial). The community support is awesome. I get running this race for the food and drinks afterwards!

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    pablopelos FIRST-TIMER '22

    When anyone offers and odd distance, I am there. Quarter marathon, weather was decent temp ~60, slight wind, course has one medium sized bridge as far as hills go, but … MORE

    When anyone offers and odd distance, I am there. Quarter marathon, weather was decent temp ~60, slight wind, course has one medium sized bridge as far as hills go, but basically and out and back course. Not a ton of locals were out with their usual libations, but was a very nice crowd to run with.

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    PatMangeot FIRST-TIMER '22

    Beautiful course. Well organized. Great after party. Everyone so friendly and helpful. Wish they would have put dates on the gear that they sold at the expo. MORE

    Beautiful course. Well organized. Great after party. Everyone so friendly and helpful. Wish they would have put dates on the gear that they sold at the expo.

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    cajunswttea FIRST-TIMER '22

    Definitely a course to PR on! Plenty of hydration stations and of course Louisiana spectators are the best! You can't beat running past Tiger stadium either! Mostly a flat race … MORE

    Definitely a course to PR on! Plenty of hydration stations and of course Louisiana spectators are the best! You can’t beat running past Tiger stadium either! Mostly a flat race which is great!

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    allieschleter REPEAT RUNNER '22

    From start to finish, this race is full of good views running through LSU’s campus, downtown, and the beautiful lakes. The start/finish line has a great view of the capitol … MORE

    From start to finish, this race is full of good views running through LSU’s campus, downtown, and the beautiful lakes. The start/finish line has a great view of the capitol building and is full of good energy with music and encouragement. The course itself is relatively flat with only a few small hills. Plenty of aid stations along the route with lots of residents cheering and acting as their own non affiliated aid stations from their front yards. Finish festival with beer and Cajun food, along with vegetarian options. All around great memories to be made running this race!

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    LPenGuinn FIRST-TIMER '22

    First time running this race. Expo was small but had all the basics, no frills swag bag Fairly flat course touring LSU campus and nice neighborhoods with great crowd support … MORE

    First time running this race. Expo was small but had all the basics, no frills swag bag
    Fairly flat course touring LSU campus and nice neighborhoods with great crowd support for such a cold day. Good course to run a BQ if not a PR
    Plenty of support stations with gung-ho volunteers
    Started exactly on time
    Lots of pace group options for the full and the half
    If you like to taste cajun cuisine the finish festival is the spot on for you!
    Would recommend to a friend, especially a first time full/half runner. Would run it again myself.

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    slomojohn REPEAT RUNNER '22

    After a rescheduled 2021, the Louisiana Marathon is back in its January time slot, and once again it does not disappoint. I've run this race four of the eleven times, … MORE

    After a rescheduled 2021, the Louisiana Marathon is back in its January time slot, and once again it does not disappoint.
    I’ve run this race four of the eleven times, brought running friends with me as often as possible, and we all enjoy it. The course is fast and scenic, the post-race festival is the envy of most other races, and the whole race experience is silky smooth. Every year keeps getting better and better, and the items they can control are very well done. (The weather is a wildcard, as it is for every race). My only request would be for a slightly better reward for the quarter/half weekend combo, but that’s really a very minor chirp. Without a question, this should be your Louisiana half or full marathon race. You will not regret it.

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    alyssaartola FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first half marathon and it was the most fun I’ve had while running. The only hard part was going over the bridge near the end. It was … MORE

    This was my first half marathon and it was the most fun I’ve had while running. The only hard part was going over the bridge near the end. It was windy and cold but still not too bad. My friend ran her first full marathon and I liked that i got to run some of it with her. I am hoping to run my first full marathon next year.

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    rkgranzow REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I have traveled three times for this race, and this is my favorite half-marathon! The course is pretty flat with only two "uphill climbs". Once you get past the first … MORE

    I have traveled three times for this race, and this is my favorite half-marathon! The course is pretty flat with only two “uphill climbs”. Once you get past the first mile, there is plenty of room on the course. I love running through LSU, and the course support is always great. Packet pick-up is well organized with plenty of room to walk around. The after-race food is always good. I really enjoy “racecationing” in the Baton Rouge/New Orleans area😎 This is a definite race for all half-marathoners👍

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    pablopelos REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The previous day it reached a high of about 60°, but on race morning it was a chilly 36° and windy at 16mph. Started on time, great amount of runners. … MORE

    The previous day it reached a high of about 60°, but on race morning it was a chilly 36° and windy at 16mph. Started on time, great amount of runners. Course is nice and relatively flat with the exception of one overpass bridge. Public run drink stations along the way provided plenty of alcohol along the way, supplemented but water stops asking the way. Very fun race, I had a beer, a bloody Mary, another beer, a shot of honey Jack Daniels, a fireball shot, a mimosa, and after finishing a nice 16 oz yeungling. Will definitely run again, when it’s a little warmer.

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    SAB48 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Flat and fast course, good scenery and cheer crowds, typically perfect weather for this event in January. My friend and training partner qualified for Boston on this course last year. … MORE

    Flat and fast course, good scenery and cheer crowds, typically perfect weather for this event in January. My friend and training partner qualified for Boston on this course last year. I have participated in this event on some level since 2014 and plan to as long as it goes on.

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    amptrunning FIRST-TIMER '22

    I highly recommend this race. I ran the full marathon, while my husband ran the quarter marathon. Both courses were beautiful and scenic. The event site and post-race festival were … MORE

    I highly recommend this race. I ran the full marathon, while my husband ran the quarter marathon. Both courses were beautiful and scenic. The event site and post-race festival were exciting and fun with a live band and plentiful vendors, food, and beverage. There were plenty of volunteers, course support, and aid stations. The race was very well organized. The expo was easy to get to and organized as well. Lots of vendor booths and merchandise to choose from. The race swag was great as well. Loved the medal! Kudos to the race organizers for executing a great event!

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    marykatedavis FIRST-TIMER '22

    The course is really great with several straight aways, some hills, and minimal repeats. Quite a few spectators which made the environment fun to run in. It was very cold … MORE

    The course is really great with several straight aways, some hills, and minimal repeats. Quite a few spectators which made the environment fun to run in. It was very cold (January i know, but its Louisiana so you never know what to expect) but the wind is what made the course tough for me. Can’t predict that but still a race I’d recommend. Great beer and food at the finish as well. Three kinds of gumbo and jambalaya!

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    edge FIRST-TIMER '22

    Good little marathon. Nice city. Nice mass at church by the start line on race day. Course is scenic through neighborhoods and the campus. Crowd support was sparse but the … MORE

    Good little marathon. Nice city. Nice mass at church by the start line on race day. Course is scenic through neighborhoods and the campus. Crowd support was sparse but the ones that were out there were awesome. Good post race entertainment too.

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    kloskyj FIRST-TIMER '22

    Easy, fast, flat course with lots of Louisiana hospitality and support. Scenic run through LSU campus and through mostly nice neighborhoods of Baton Rouge. Locals go all out to provide … MORE

    Easy, fast, flat course with lots of Louisiana hospitality and support. Scenic run through LSU campus and through mostly nice neighborhoods of Baton Rouge. Locals go all out to provide snacks, beverages, including the adult variety. You could easily elevate your BAL past legal limits if you want and lots of homemade cookies and other delights. Great run.

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    50StateRunner50 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Race day temperature was in the 30's. There were occasional gusts that were flat out cold. The race started at 7 am. The race had a large number of participants … MORE

    Race day temperature was in the 30’s. There were occasional gusts that were flat out cold. The race started at 7 am. The race had a large number of participants in the Ainsley’s Angels Wave which was very cool to see. This was relatively flat lollipop route course with most of the elevation occurring on bridges.
    The race started downtown near the state capitol. The first mile or so ran through the Oak Tree line neighborhoods heading toward Capitol Lake. A large portion of the course both out and back meandered around this lake with it’s lovely estate homes. The only drawback was that the worst wind gusts occurred in those sections. I enjoyed the run through the LSU campus and, as a college football fan, the run around Tiger Stadium. The home stretch returned through downtown. As we approached the finish line, the State Capitol Building provided the backdrop.
    The volunteers were very friendly. Water and Powerade (sponsor) were available at the aid stations which seemed to be present at .8 intervals on all 13 miles. There were private aid stations at several of the homes offering Beer, Whiskey, Mimosas and Beignets.
    The finisher shirt was soft and the medal was above average in design quality. The afterparty included live music and Jambalaya.
    I thought this race was a wonderful showcase of Baton Rouge and would recommend it to anyone wanting to run in Louisiana.

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    johnaaronhowell FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Louisiana Half Marathon was pretty great! The Expo was good with lots of vendors. The morning of the race, it was very cold (~34°F, but with the wind it … MORE

    The Louisiana Half Marathon was pretty great! The Expo was good with lots of vendors. The morning of the race, it was very cold (~34°F, but with the wind it felt much colder). The course was mostly flat, but there were a few long inclines that came out of nowhere. There were lots of locals on the course cheering, even some with mimosas and beer for runners.

    After the race, there was hot gumbo and jambalaya (great for warming up after such a cold run). There was also beer and protein shakes. I got a special medal for running the Mississippi Gulf Coast Half Marathon as well, thereby completing the Beach to Bayou Challenge.

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    ofshadowsgrey FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great small town feel and lots of Louisiana charm. well organized, great flat course, and clear directions. The weather was definitely cold and I heard from others the temperature is … MORE

    Great small town feel and lots of Louisiana charm. well organized, great flat course, and clear directions. The weather was definitely cold and I heard from others the temperature is usually cold but it was in the 30s & windy. Do check the weather forecast before to prepare and pack well

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