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Overall Rating (15 Reviews)
4.3
(15 Ratings)(15 Reviews)
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Through the years, Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans has become one of the biggest party courses with its on-course frivolity, abundance of local musical acts and epic Finish Line Festival complete with free-flowing beer. Join us in New Orleans for our laissez les bons temps rouler! Shining a spotlight on … MORE
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    enigma20 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course was about as flat as I've ever seen. Well organized and lots of on-course entertainment and water. Which is good, because it was getting warm by the end. … MORE

    The course was about as flat as I’ve ever seen. Well organized and lots of on-course entertainment and water. Which is good, because it was getting warm by the end. Not as scenic as I thought it might be, but still better than most. It was nice to run down a couple main streets without traffic. It was kind of expensive, but the experience and the swag make it worthwhile.

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    billyseafish FIRST-TIMER '18

    Be prepared to walk a lot if you drive your car and use hotel parking, very little parking to be had and what there is $$ overall a great destination … MORE

    Be prepared to walk a lot if you drive your car and use hotel parking, very little parking to be had and what there is $$ overall a great destination race lots of bands, beads and cheering folks, if you run both days you’ll get more swag, but 10 k is on Sunday so you will have to run the 5k on Saturday

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    clee11 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I was super excited to run this race and it was my first time in NOLA/LA. I have previous ran with this company before and so I kind of knew … MORE

    I was super excited to run this race and it was my first time in NOLA/LA. I have previous ran with this company before and so I kind of knew what I was getting myself into. My friends and I got a great deal on registration so we went for it. The expo closed early on Friday so we had to go on Saturday. Luckily we scored a nice airbnb so we were able to walk to the expo.

    The expo was small (as I kind of knew it was going to be like that), but they did have some awesome merchandise for the race. The issue was the 13.1 shirts that had everyone’s names on it ran two sizes too small so I didn’t get one. The expo had a variety of vendors from other races, to selling merchandise and to sampling. I would have liked to see more vendors selling stuff. Coming from another race the week prior this expo wasn’t so good.

    Race day! Directions to the start line was easy the issue was that the corrals weren’t maintained so people with different numbers were going where ever they want. I did enjoy the wave start and getting pumped up before the race. The course was not the greatest as the first 8 miles were an out and back then the last three miles was a straight away. It was good not to have a lot of turns but would have liked to see more of the city. The roads were terrible so it was hard to run on as there were loose gravel and slanted streets. In addition there wasn’t enjoy toilets on the route, maybe one or two every medical stop and the water stops were struggling to assist runners with water. The first GU stop didn’t have anything…that was bad. Luckily I had my own.

    Finish line was great, there were a lot of supporters and photographer. The concert after was great and saw a lot of runners hanging out.

    Overall I wouldn’t do this again rather another race. I don’t like how small the medal was and the color of the shirt. That is my opinion and I would not be offended if you disagree. If you are local and got a good deal then do it but if you are paying anything over $70 don’t do it.

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    rbfrmrville FIRST-TIMER '18

    I did this race because I wanted to a flat and fast course. The first 13 miles were great and had somewhat great fans. The last 13 there were hardly … MORE

    I did this race because I wanted to a flat and fast course. The first 13 miles were great and had somewhat great fans. The last 13 there were hardly any fans but it took you to Lake Ponchatrain. I did set a PR and also broke the 5 hour marathon.

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    rbfrmrville FIRST-TIMER '18

    I participated in the 5k and marathon for Rock and Roll. The 5k is REALLY flat. I set a new PR breaking my old PR by almost 2 minutes. Not … MORE

    I participated in the 5k and marathon for Rock and Roll. The 5k is REALLY flat. I set a new PR breaking my old PR by almost 2 minutes. Not a whole lot of fans on the 5k route but it was still a great race. The EXPO for the Rock and Roll New Orleans was pretty lousy.

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    maryannkeller88 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Love New Orleans. Beautiful flat course wirh great volunteers. Great party at City Park and plenty of shuttles. Expo a little Disappointing. MORE

    Love New Orleans. Beautiful flat course wirh great volunteers. Great party at City Park and plenty of shuttles. Expo a little
    Disappointing.

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    TeeBabi FIRST-TIMER '16

    If you want a great first marathon experience, run RNR NEW ORLEANS!! The crowd support and runners are amazing! Never say you can’t run a marathon! I winged this, no … MORE

    If you want a great first marathon experience, run RNR NEW ORLEANS!! The crowd support and runners are amazing! Never say you can’t run a marathon! I winged this, no training and split my head open on the hotel nightstand the morning of…AND STILL RAN! LOL!

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    hotanez16 Jan 15, 2019 at 8:17pm

    Wow that is amazing congratulations!!

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    dsbland FIRST-TIMER '17

    The Rock and Roll race series definitely knows how to put on an event and the New Orleans Marathon was no exception. The Expo was well done with plenty of … MORE

    The Rock and Roll race series definitely knows how to put on an event and the New Orleans Marathon was no exception. The Expo was well done with plenty of interesting and knowledgeable vendors to spend time with and pick their brains. The corral setup was smooth and actually ran quickly and efficiently, much better than I have experienced in the past with Rock and Roll events. The course was staggeringly flat, almost to the point where the lack of topography was worse than having a few hills for variety. The first half of the race was quite interesting, through some historic neighborhoods and the French quarter. The half and full didn’t split until after mile 12 so there was plenty of weaving in and out of crowds during the first half of the race. After the split, there was a massive decrease in the number of runners around me. It seemed that this race had an even larger proportion of half marathoners than any race I’ve done in the past. This wasn’t a big deal to me, but someone who isn’t comfortable running by themselves might find this disconcerting to come so far into the run. The biggest draw back to this race was the lack of spectators. While I don’t need big crowds for motivation, it was oddly quiet for the vast majority of the run. I assume this was as a result of being New Orleans and early on a Sunday morning so shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. The back half of the marathon was not as interesting, a couple of out and backs through a park and along a lake front. It was nice, but without much spectator support it wasn’t much different than a typical weekend long run. But, with the flat course and great weather, it was definite PR type conditions and I was able to set a PR by about 10 minutes so no complaints for me.

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    jmprovaz01 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The first half of the course was well supported. The last half didn't even have a band. Very hard to keep motived to go the last half. No food besides … MORE

    The first half of the course was well supported. The last half didn’t even have a band. Very hard to keep motived to go the last half. No food besides the gu they provide.

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    cdmauger FIRST-TIMER '16

    Opinions always seem to vary when it comes to the Rock 'n' Roll Series, but I am a huge fan. Some are better than others, of course, but I've never … MORE

    Opinions always seem to vary when it comes to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series, but I am a huge fan. Some are better than others, of course, but I’ve never been disappointed with any of them. And so far, Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans is the best I’ve participated in. We traveled from Southern California for a four-day race weekend, and enjoyed the Big Easy on a number of levels. The race expo was par for the RnR course, meaning there were a ton of vendors and an overall fun experience. We stayed at a hotel near the start line, so getting to the race was only a matter of a three-block walk. The course itself is pancake flat, and starts with an out and back in a mostly residential area with a ton of crowd support — including folks handing out Mardi Gras beads to the runners. A very nice touch. Runners then tour the French Quarter for a couple miles, and finally end up in a nice, shady park. The medal and shirt were up to the RnR standards, with beads replacing the traditional ribbon. One area where I think RnR could step it up is in the design of the race shirts. Quality is good, but the artwork tends to be so-so. After the race, we were shuttled back to the starting area without any problem.

    Bottom line, this is a fantastic event in a great city. You won’t be disappointed.

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    JoJoRunner FIRST-TIMER '17

    I like the RnR series because of there really smooth organisation. The day before RnRNola I was running in GA and my flight arrived after the expo houres. From other … MORE

    I like the RnR series because of there really smooth organisation.
    The day before RnRNola I was running in GA and my flight arrived after the expo houres. From other runners I knew that RnR offers (but doesnt advertise) same day race bib pick up at the start line. So I went there an hour before the start and had my bib within 3 minutes (thats what I call smooth!). I planned on running the race easy with many miles in my legs from the days before. The energy along the course was nice- numerous spectators with motivational signs and smaller groups giving out food and drinks and adding up to the already very sufficient in numbers drink stations. February in Nola is mild and I really enjoyed running through the french quarter and do my bit of running sight seeing. What did bother me was the asphalt of the streets of the like first 8 miles. The streets were in really bad conditions with holes and gaps and cracks and one has to be careful not to sprain an ancle- I got better from midtown to the Park where the race finished. There (as always) RnR set up a nice entertainment area with concert, sponsors/ vendors, food trucks.
    Not sure if I d run it again but it was definitely an overall satisfying race experience.

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    Joerobe FIRST-TIMER '17

    I want to say right at the beginning of this review that I ran a really tough marathon the day before this one, so my time definitely doesn't reflect the … MORE

    I want to say right at the beginning of this review that I ran a really tough marathon the day before this one, so my time definitely doesn’t reflect the nature of the course.

    The Rock and Roll series has been good to me, I’ve run two races with them, and both times I’ve had to pick up my packet race morning at the solutions tent as I was driving in from other marathons. They don’t advertise this service, but seem to give a lot of grace to runners who are running a marathon the day before.

    To let you know how I started this race: worked all day Thursday then drove 13 hours to Surfside Beach, TX on Thursday night/Friday morning, camped on the beach Friday night, up at 4:30AM and started that marathon at 5:30 Saturday, after it was over, visited some friends in Louisiana and arrived at the hotel in New Orleans at about 11PM, up at 4AM Sunday to get to the parking garage and packet pick up by 5:30 (kind of a pain, but something I’ve come to expect in city races)…I say all that only to say this…I was really tired before I started this race.

    There were somewhere around 20,000 people running this race, and it went off without a hitch. I was in corral 10 (the 4:30 estimated finish) and it took me roughly 10 minutes to get to the starting line; not bad for so many people.

    One of the most important aspects of this course, there is so much to look at. Even though I was tired, I ran for 5 miles before I even felt the first thought of being worn out; the scenery is beautiful, the atmosphere is unique, and it takes your mind off of the normal things you think about at the start of the run.

    I normally don’t run with a phone, but this time since I would return to the start by shuttle, I needed to have it with me. I was glad I did, I had started the race in a long sleeve tech shirt, but by mile 7 the sun had come out and it was pretty warm, so I was able to call my wife and girls who were eating beignets at Cafe du Monde, (about mile 9.5) and hand off some of my gear.

    This course took us right through the French Quarter, the aid stations were plentiful and well stocked with great volunteers, the bands along the way were good, and the people who were running beside me were generally very happy to converse.

    One thing I did notice about this race, it seemed like there were a lot more people who were just there running for pleasure than trying to conquer a goal; generally I find when I am in the 5 hour crowd there is a lot of justification for why everyone isn’t doing better, but not here, it just seemed like more people were content to run for the sake of running and not for setting a PR-that was nice.

    I ran out of steam at about mile 20ish which coincided with the only real hill on the course, which I was happy to walk for a couple of miles, and then ran it in under the nice shady oaks in the park…beautiful.

    The finish line had plenty of drinks and snacks, the line to get shirts and jackets was really quick, and then off to catch a shuttle back to the start line.

    I didn’t love the shuttle part, but there was zero parking near the finish, so I was happy that the service was offered free to runners and friends/family. It took me about 10 minutes to walk to the shuttles, and about 15 minutes in line to catch one, about a 20 minute ride to the start line, and then about a mile walk from the start line to the parking garage.

    Even though my time was pretty slow, in my opinion this course is fast, flat, and beautiful. I never fully push myself, because as in this race, I know that when I’m done it’s in the car for an 11 hour ride home, and back to the office by 6:30 Monday morning. Even with that being said, I finished a little faster than I thought I might after the challenging run on Saturday and I managed to put a check mark by Louisiana.

    Like most RNR marathons, the swag was good, and the runner tracking/timing is nice for friends and family to be able to follow along.

    I can definitely recommend this as a good Louisiana race.

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    ljbichler FIRST-TIMER '15

    The low altitude of this course makes it a great place to PR if you are from any where above sea level. I came down from Dallas and was amazed … MORE

    The low altitude of this course makes it a great place to PR if you are from any where above sea level. I came down from Dallas and was amazed at how little I had to breathe compared to at home. The course goes through French Quarter, Park Land and along Lake Pontchartrain. Aside from one overpass the course is flat and quick. The wind along the lake was a bit much when I ran, but I hear that is not always the case. I enjoyed the palm trees along the lake as well as the flavor of the French Quarter. There are lots of tourist attractions in the area, tons of food, and shopping. A warning though about the coffee. Louisiana coffee is intensely strong. I did not know that ahead of time and ordered a black coffee. I couldn’t drink it without getting a pot of hot water to dilute it with. This is a good place to take a hint from the locals and accept the kindly offer of milk and sugar and whatever else they offer you to put into the coffee…. beignets, for instance.

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    geddings FIRST-TIMER '16

    This was a great race. The RnR races are always well organized. Roads are rough (cracks & potholes), other than that a flat & fast course. Great expo. Great communications. … MORE

    This was a great race. The RnR races are always well organized. Roads are rough (cracks & potholes), other than that a flat & fast course. Great expo. Great communications. Stayed at Hilton Riverside. Huge and easy access to everything.

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '13

    Though some might dislike Competitor's Rock & Roll race series, they do know how to put on a world-class race event. Usually held in February, this race boasts mild temperatures, … MORE

    Though some might dislike Competitor’s Rock & Roll race series, they do know how to put on a world-class race event. Usually held in February, this race boasts mild temperatures, a mostly flat course (with a few hills between miles 18 and 22), excellent aid station distribution and course that explores an iconic city. From St. Charles avenue to the French Quarter and the endless greens of City Park, the landscape is constantly changing. This is a great place to aim for a new PR.

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