Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.2
(10 Ratings)  (10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.5
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4
The Zydeco Marathon & Half Marathon is a two day running event in the heart of Cajun Country. Lafayette is world renown for our rich heritage, awesome cajun food, and, of course, Zydeco music. Five distance options are available to accommodate just about everyone. The one mile fun run and … MORE
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    Ewags FIRST-TIMER '24

    Loved our time in Lafayette! The race was small but well organized, and everyone was SO friendly and welcoming. I personally found the double loop format mentally tough, but that … MORE

    Loved our time in Lafayette! The race was small but well organized, and everyone was SO friendly and welcoming. I personally found the double loop format mentally tough, but that was the only downside for me. I’m a middle of the pack runner and unexpectedly got first place in my age group… yay for small town marathons!

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    5
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    MPerry FIRST-TIMER '23

    It all started at 7am... loved. The only incline was in Bendal Gardens, which I didn't really feel it at all. Lots of crowed support, and food stations along the … MORE

    It all started at 7am… loved. The only incline was in Bendal Gardens, which I didn’t really feel it at all. Lots of crowed support, and food stations along the route, from alcohol stand, to boudin, craklins, and fruits. This race I would do all over again.. it was well organized.

    I ran my fast half marathon, on this route.. 8 mins faster than the first marathon. This was my second state, second half marathon

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    btinervia12 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Very friendly volunteers. Well marked course. Very flat. Some spontaneous aid stations by spectators plus sufficient official aid stations. Nice after party. MORE

    Very friendly volunteers. Well marked course. Very flat. Some spontaneous aid stations by spectators plus sufficient official aid stations. Nice after party.

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    lelejones FIRST-TIMER '23

    I enjoyed this race, this was my first time in Lafayette and I really enjoyed the area downtown. The route of the race was nice, and the participants were all … MORE

    I enjoyed this race, this was my first time in Lafayette and I really enjoyed the area downtown. The route of the race was nice, and the participants were all excited and happy. The weather was great! A little warm but it was nice. The route was easy not hilly. And the food at the finish was amazing! I’ll be back!

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    todd17406 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Lafayette is a town that knows how to enjoy life. It is alive with music, art and food festivals. The 2019 Marathon was kinda small...161 finishers, but this lead to … MORE

    Lafayette is a town that knows how to enjoy life. It is alive with music, art and food festivals. The 2019 Marathon was kinda small…161 finishers, but this lead to very easy packet pickup and Start/Finish line logistics. Course itself is flat. Kinda non descript. It runs through town, then suburban areas with some really nice homes. Water stops every 1.5 miles, which is smart for swampy weather of 75 degrees and 70% humidity.

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    Tororuns FIRST-TIMER '18

    Paced the 2:20 Zydeco Half. Had some fun runners and a very nice flat course. Well organized race. Small race with a big race feel. Small expo but good atmosphere. … MORE

    Paced the 2:20 Zydeco Half. Had some fun runners and a very nice flat course. Well organized race. Small race with a big race feel. Small expo but good atmosphere. Great course support and fab post party. Love to repeat.

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    5

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    pbegno REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Our hometown favorite - Run around the city of Lafayette/CajunCountry ! Fun City with Amazing Food! The bling is Awesome! Great Expo!!! Highly Recommend!!! MORE

    Our hometown favorite – Run around the city of Lafayette/CajunCountry ! Fun City with Amazing Food! The bling is Awesome! Great Expo!!! Highly Recommend!!!

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '17

    Zydeco Marathon is a great small town race in Lafayette, LA. It's a good size, not more than a few hundred full runners I'm guessing, with maybe two or three … MORE

    Zydeco Marathon is a great small town race in Lafayette, LA. It’s a good size, not more than a few hundred full runners I’m guessing, with maybe two or three times that number in the half and other distances. It’s well organized and well run on a decent course. The city itself has lots to offer in terms of lodging and restaurants, and if you have the time it’s probably worth spending a day or so trying to hit a few local spots.

    Pro’s: Good communication leading up to the race; they even mailed “in training” soft cotton t shirts out weeks before the race. Great surprise!
    Decent expo, efficient packet pickup day before, and offered day of
    Nice medal and shirt, and a second medal for age group awards
    Very well marked course with plenty of volunteers and police
    Lots of turns – I was worried about this going in, as a misplaced cone could screw the distance up (like in Chattanooga their inaugural year), but they nailed it and it actually kept things interesting
    Decent course – some nice areas, lovely neighborhoods, around the university. Not bad, and only small hills
    Generous beer and food tickets
    Staggered start
    Great weather – cool, overcast, and the threatening rain never came in
    Lots of water stops!

    Con’s: not a lot of these
    Some bumpy roads out there, watch for potholes, but not the race’s fault
    It’s southern LA, the weather could do anything
    Because it was cold and windy, hanging around the finish area wasn’t going to happen; space blankets would have been nice

    Overall: I thought they did a great job with the race. Number one in my book is correctly measured and marked, especially with lots of turns, and they definitely accomplished this. They kept runners informed leading up to the race, the route never felt too crowded and there were plenty of police and volunteers along the route. Great attention to detail. I’m guessing this RD makes his race better and better each year. I’d definitely recommend it for Louisiana.

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    pbegno REPEAT RUNNER '16

    Very well organized and Volunteers are Amazing! Great area to stay and visit. 2 hours from NOLA and 1 hour from Baton Rouge. Weather is Perfect this time of year … MORE

    Very well organized and Volunteers are Amazing! Great area to stay and visit. 2 hours from NOLA and 1 hour from Baton Rouge. Weather is Perfect this time of year and the course goes around the City. Towards the end you hit Bendel Gardens and there is a big hill otherwise the course is flat!

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '15

    This was a 13.1 mile loop course that the marathon runners did twice. The expo was nice, but they ran out of a lot of the food by the time … MORE

    This was a 13.1 mile loop course that the marathon runners did twice. The expo was nice, but they ran out of a lot of the food by the time I finished. The course was relatively flat and went through some nice residential areas. I would do it again if I was in the area.

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