Louisiana Marathon

Louisiana Marathon

Louisiana Marathon

( 37 reviews )
94% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Baton Rouge,
    United States
  • January
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Other
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Kelsey Assel

Illinois, United States
1 6
"Nice, flat course"
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Kelsey Assel's thoughts:

The Louisiana Marathon was pretty well done. I'm only giving it a 4/5 because I don't feel that the communication from race management was as stellar as it could have been. I'll list the things that were well done first:
1) Parking was really great. I ran the 5k on Saturday and the 1/2 on Sunday, and I never had any trouble parking both days.
2)Finisher's festival had lots of great food and live music, which was really neat.
3)The expo was well organized. There were great vendors, and it was easy to pick up my race gear without much confusion.
4) The photographers on the course took some great photos, and they are available digitally for free.
5) The course was pretty flat. Aside from a pretty large hill right at the very end, it was a pretty fast course.
6) We got to run next to a lovely lake on LSU's campus. Very scenic.

Now for the things I wasn't really a fan of:
1)I personally found the website to be tricky to navigate. The Course map was located under FAQs on the website, rather than "Race Info." To me, that doesn't make sense. That was just one of quite a few things that were hard for me to find before race day on the website. Also, the website said that they'd send out a virtual race guide via email a week before the race - maybe I'm mistaken, but I don't recall receiving one.
2) The course was not well marked. I don't think there was a mile marker every mile, and within the first few miles of the race, the course split in half around a center median in the road. The entire road was closed down, but there were runners on both sides of the median, and there was mass panic because we weren't sure if the course was splitting and if we were supposed to be on one side or the other...eventually it joined back together, but that's quite a stressful thing to worry about in the first few miles of a half or full.
3) There wasn't great crowd participation. I know that's not the race's fault, so I'm not really considering that as a factor in me 4/5 stars, but it definitely affects my perception of the race.
4) There were no set corrals - we had to self-select where we wanted to start. I really didn't mind this, but the pacer I was hoping to stick close to didn't get to their spot at the starting line until around 5 minutes before the gun went off, and at this time the corral was too full for me to get to where I needed to be.

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