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Run the World of Mardi Gras! Grab your beads and masquerades and join Rock ‘n’ Roll in one of the most iconic cities in the world. Known for its rich music history, delicious cuisine, and the world-famous Mardi Gras Festival, this running party sets the standard for every other bucket … MORE
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    micart91 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This race got me a new PR without even trying. This was the first year they ran it along the water instead of in downtown New Orleans/by bourbon street. I … MORE

    This race got me a new PR without even trying. This was the first year they ran it along the water instead of in downtown New Orleans/by bourbon street. I was disappointed when I first found this out, but I ended up loving this race more than any other before! The entErtainment, decorations, music, little kids passing out beads. Too much fun start to finish!

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    tiffwhit FIRST-TIMER '22

    Ran this race in 2022, because of Covid the course was changed to the NOLA campus area instead of the previous "tour of the town." There were a number of … MORE

    Ran this race in 2022, because of Covid the course was changed to the NOLA campus area instead of the previous “tour of the town.” There were a number of out and backs, and the course is along the river front which is quite nice, with a decent breeze. The course is generally flat and of course the medal was nice. Since Covid all races have changed and as such this race is no different.

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    shullrd FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first race in the Rock N Roll series. It was a solid event, although my expectations were very high. The expo was not so great. The process … MORE

    This was my first race in the Rock N Roll series. It was a solid event, although my expectations were very high. The expo was not so great. The process was smooth and it was really cool having the Mardi Gras music to set the scene. But half of the stuff for sale was the Series and the vendors were an interesting hodgepodge (cutlery anyone?). I would’ve liked to seen more running gear.

    The weather was a bit chilly and the new course was on the water. Dress warmly… of course I talked to someone local who said sometimes this race is really hot.

    The course was moved from downtown to Lakeshore Dr. it was a bit of a disappointing change, but this course was pretty. The bridges were a beast. Otherwise the course wasn’t too bad.

    I didn’t do as well as I’d hoped, but that is because I was taking lots of pictures. The Mardi Gras characters and floats were a fun addition and the music was great.

    I’d do this one again… just tempering my expectations a bit. Great course for those looking to run Louisiana.

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    MeegsLK FIRST-TIMER '22

    The race was changed from the French Quarter to University of New Orleans. It a boring loop race with a handful of hills. The half-marathon and 10k all started together. … MORE

    The race was changed from the French Quarter to University of New Orleans. It a boring loop race with a handful of hills. The half-marathon and 10k all started together. Because it was a loop, the course was very narrow at times. One of the best cities in the US and they have it ran along the brown cement waterfront by the University. We finished in the middle of the pack – went to get our traditional Race Beer – sponsored by Heineken – except THEY RAN OUT OF THE BEER SPONSOR’S BEER?!?! In all the events I have participated in – NEVER have they run out of the beer. And, there was stage set up – NO BAND. The expo was a joke. They had no-race theme sponsors there. The only thing in the swag bag was the cheapest shirt they could make – pretty sure it was ironed on by a volunteer that day and race bib. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND.

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    Aheart10 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This year was very disappointing for this race. About two weeks before the race we find out the race won’t be through the city, with scenic French quarter etc- which … MORE

    This year was very disappointing for this race. About two weeks before the race we find out the race won’t be through the city, with scenic French quarter etc- which is the main reason I signed up and paid 130 bucks for the race. I get with COVID but I ran houston a month prior and there was no issues. I know New Orleans has a vaccine mandate for events but it was a small event and we all were vaccinated to be there- way safer than massive houston. Mardi Gras is in a few weeks and planned as usual here and we went to the Chewbacca parade the night before and it was packed. Not only was the race not scenic, it was on run down road, up and down random traffic intersection overpasses ‘hills’ next to the lake- which is a not scenic lake. Several runners heard it was to save money and to shut down less of the city. It was a small half, if they can do Mardi Gras they can at least let us have a nice run for 13.1 miles especially for the cost. The expo was uneventful and very small with 2 random Mardi Gras decorations. Not sure if I’ll return if they go back to the usual route but this one was very disappointing, not spirited and a very boring route.

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    bertman65 FIRST-TIMER '20

    Two things killed me in this race. One was not the course's fault, but I got air sick on the flight out, so I was not able to eat much … MORE

    Two things killed me in this race. One was not the course’s fault, but I got air sick on the flight out, so I was not able to eat much that Friday, so my strength was sapped my the half marathon point. And then to boot the wind on Lake Pontchartrain was brutal, and combined with the bridges this marathon was one of my worst performances.

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    hkwb FIRST-TIMER '20

    NOLA is always a good time with friends, and having lived in the city for a couple of years, I knew where to go and where not to go. We … MORE

    NOLA is always a good time with friends, and having lived in the city for a couple of years, I knew where to go and where not to go. We rented an awesome B&B near the start/finish, so we walked to the start and walked home after! The first half of the course is fun along St. Charles and through the Garden District, but the second half along the lake was super windy, not scenic at all and couldn’t go by fast enough.

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    bjfuller2000 FIRST-TIMER '20

    A wonderful race. Rock n Roll has always been a good race series anywhere I’ve gone. NOLA is no exception. Lots to see on the course. A bit difficult, but … MORE

    A wonderful race. Rock n Roll has always been a good race series anywhere I’ve gone. NOLA is no exception. Lots to see on the course. A bit difficult, but a great and positive experience.

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    ml.blair FIRST-TIMER '20

    Coming from Colorado, it felt AMAZING to run at sea level. The course is very flat. You get to see the beautiful neighborhood houses and the French Quarter. Lots of … MORE

    Coming from Colorado, it felt AMAZING to run at sea level. The course is very flat. You get to see the beautiful neighborhood houses and the French Quarter. Lots of musicians help you keep up the pace. The medals were cool–especially if you do the Remix (the 5k the day before and then either the 10k, half, or full the next). Only disappointment was the 20 minute delayed start. First RnR race.

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    llindstrom FIRST-TIMER '20

    Just a little bit extra: lagniappe! This was a beautiful day in a lovely town. I like to run to get a feel for local energies. This race did that … MORE

    Just a little bit extra: lagniappe! This was a beautiful day in a lovely town. I like to run to get a feel for local energies. This race did that perfectly! The music was SO COOL! They had cajun bands, bluegrass, country, jazz, and DJ’s playing rock and roll. I am a slow runner and have been disappointed that bands have packed up and gone home by the time I run by. This race the performers stayed and serenaded us all afternoon! My first race this year leaves me optimistic that 2020 will be epic! It was my first RnR finish.

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 26, 2020 at 7:05pm

    Congrats Laurie! Amazing to think, as a 50 States finisher, that NOLA was your first Rock 'n' Roll race (though clearly not your last, with Montreal on the docket this… MORE

    Congrats Laurie! Amazing to think, as a 50 States finisher, that NOLA was your first Rock 'n' Roll race (though clearly not your last, with Montreal on the docket this fall!). Admittedly I haven't run one myself since Dallas 2010, but that one was fun as well... and NOLA of course is a special city all its own. Glad they kept the music going all afternoon, that makes a huge difference. Thanks for your helpful inaugural review, look forward to following more of your racing adventures here on the site. Keep running strong, and have a wonderful time in Gettysburg! LESS

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    chiquens FIRST-TIMER '20

    Beware the potholes. There are a lot of them. The course is super pretty, out and back through the Garden District then through the French Quarter. Lots to look at, … MORE

    Beware the potholes. There are a lot of them. The course is super pretty, out and back through the Garden District then through the French Quarter. Lots to look at, lots of support. Water and Gatorade on the Course, but snacks were slim for the back of the packers. Supposedly there was a concert, but I showed up either too early or too late to view it.

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    feria-arias.1 FIRST-TIMER '20

    parking at the finish line will make it easier for you. Shuttles take you to the 1st. The weather can be unpredictable especially in February so pack accordingly. The race … MORE

    parking at the finish line will make it easier for you. Shuttles take you to the 1st. The weather can be unpredictable especially in February so pack accordingly. The race has aid stations every 2 miles, medical tents every so often and port-a-potties everywhere.

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    lchristensen44 FIRST-TIMER '20

    The expo was mostly Rock and Roll series stuff with some local vendors too. The shirt was average and the medal was strung with beads instead of a ribbon. The … MORE

    The expo was mostly Rock and Roll series stuff with some local vendors too. The shirt was average and the medal was strung with beads instead of a ribbon.

    The course has music about every mile. The aid stations could have used some more support but there were some fun locals with make shift stations along the course.

    The race ends in a park with plenty of drinks and music, The bus ride back to the start area was well organized. The city is fun. The race was well organized. I’d recommend it.

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    jsquinks FIRST-TIMER '19

    I don't love NOLA, which unfortunately colored my impression of this race -- it felt like we just ran through a lot of uninteresting streets and neighborhoods. Once again, Rock … MORE

    I don’t love NOLA, which unfortunately colored my impression of this race — it felt like we just ran through a lot of uninteresting streets and neighborhoods. Once again, Rock ‘n Roll didn’t provide much by way of course music or support, though there were a decent number of spectators along the route. The packet pickup was easy enough and I love the shirt we got, though was mildly disappointed by the medal.

    In the end, would recommend if you’re looking to do your LA race in NOLA, mostly because I’m not sure how many other halfs the city hosts. Otherwise, largely forgettable.

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    Christchild2002 FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was very spectacular to run and explore a new place via a race through the new area, you see things and sights you would other wise miss. We was … MORE

    It was very spectacular to run and explore a new place via a race through the new area, you see things and sights you would other wise miss. We was there just as the Marci grad season was kicking off the Chewbacca parade was awsome. They had some of the awsome Marci gras floats on the course perfect for race selfies. Made a few friends along th course and it’s one I definitely want to do again.

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    usmchick FIRST-TIMER '19

    The race takes you through downtown New Orleans, along the river and up to Lake Ponchatrain. It's a relatively easy course with some great music and great crowds cheering you … MORE

    The race takes you through downtown New Orleans, along the river and up to Lake Ponchatrain. It’s a relatively easy course with some great music and great crowds cheering you on!

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    Legs333 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Rock-n-Roll races have gotten rapped in the past for being too commercialized and not enough port-o-potties however, I believe New Orleans got everything right this year. Very organized bag … MORE

    The Rock-n-Roll races have gotten rapped in the past for being too commercialized and not enough port-o-potties however, I believe New Orleans got everything right this year. Very organized bag drops, enough facilities at the start and also on course with no waiting in lines, corrals enforced, very friendly, enthusiastic volunteers (although many aid stations seemed to offer only water and no electrolyte drink; glad I had extra GU) and a nice finish party. The course had a nice balance of historic neighborhood tours and also waterfront views with loud music. I actually preferred the second half of the course along Lake Pontchartrain; it felt more wide-open and relaxing along with a pleasant side breeze off the water. Having the start and finish lines miles apart is not ideal, but allowing spectators to ride on the provided buses along with the athletes for free made it logistically possible. Only complaint was the awards were never mailed. Learned later, via revised website FAQs, that was required to
    email and explicitly direct them within 4 weeks to mail it because they will not take it upon themselves to do so.

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 10, 2019 at 10:42pm

    Plus, it's New Orleans! 😊 Glad everything worked out well this year Lisa, I haven't experienced a RnR race day in a few years, but it does feel like this… MORE

    Plus, it's New Orleans! 😊 Glad everything worked out well this year Lisa, I haven't experienced a RnR race day in a few years, but it does feel like this could be a great race if it's done right. Congrats on adding Louisiana to your map, and hope you'll share some of your other 50 States adventures here on RaceRaves! LESS

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    50statesSandy FIRST-TIMER '19

    Course is a lot of fun. There is race support and entertainment the entire way. Sufficient hydration along the route. I am a slower runner and even at the back … MORE

    Course is a lot of fun. There is race support and entertainment the entire way. Sufficient hydration along the route. I am a slower runner and even at the back of the pack there was tons of people along course cheering. This was my first race with my name on my bib and hearing cheers with my name was awesome!

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    mnjogger REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I've run this marathon twice before, but this was my first time running the half. In my experience with RnR races, the first half is the more energized, is the … MORE

    I’ve run this marathon twice before, but this was my first time running the half. In my experience with RnR races, the first half is the more energized, is the most scenic, and has the most spectators. On this day it was overcast and mid 50s at the start, which was perfect for running. This year there didn’t seem to be nearly as many spectators in the Garden District as in years past. There seemed to be a few more in the French Quarter this time though. There are informal beer stops that the locals have and – my favorite – the martini stop! In years past there was one around mile 15 that I was afraid I’d miss but there was one around mile 7 or 8 this time. The course is flat the first half. The corral start keeps people spaced out sufficiently. Plenty of water stops along the course and it seemed a sufficient number of porto-potties. I enjoy the bands along the course, even if I do see them twice on an out-and-back. The race ends in City Park, which I enjoy because you can spread out and soak up the sun (if it’s sunny that day). The snacks at the end were sufficient (gatorade, banana, water, chips, granola bar). Because I ran the half I was able to enjoy the band this time. When I run the full usually the band is packing up by the time I finish. Volunteers are good. Packet pickup is efficient at the Convention Center. This is a great town to enjoy! If you are looking for a shakeout run, there is a path along the waterfront in the French Quarter but it only goes ~1 to 1.25 miles one way. I usually add on to run to the end of the Convention Center: By the time I’m back at the hotel it’s a 4 mile run.

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    runvirginia FIRST-TIMER '19

    I agree with what many other reviewers comment on: * the race is geared toward the half marathon. * there are many out and backs to 'take advantage' of the … MORE

    I agree with what many other reviewers comment on:
    * the race is geared toward the half marathon.
    * there are many out and backs to ‘take advantage’ of the bands.
    * some of the ‘bands’ were DJs.
    * the second half is surprisingly hilly (several bridges to cross), lonely, and lacking in scenery compared to the first half
    * I personally hate the corral start of the RNR races with the countdowns on the PA every 90 seconds. I want to go! I would rather weave (which happens anyway)

    Pros:
    *New Orleans is one cool place. There is a lot of energy in the first half.
    * Run your own race–don’t get sucked in to the halfers pace, energy, etc.
    * Plenty of water, vaseline, etc. (Did not try unfamiliar ‘gel’ product.
    * lovely overcast weather in the 50s–perfect for running.

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    runvirginia Feb 12, 2019 at 2:04pm

    P.S. I also hate riding a shuttle back to the start. I would rather have the finish by the start...Or park at the finish (which was an option for $20)... MORE

    P.S. I also hate riding a shuttle back to the start. I would rather have the finish by the start...Or park at the finish (which was an option for $20)... LESS

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