- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
- Road Race
This race was overall really well executed, FUN, and great experience.
I had never been to New Orleans (came from Dallas, TX) and found that taking Uber everywhere worked beautifully. I gave all stars for parking/access because Uber was plentiful and great, but I also noticed a parking lot near the convention center (where the expo was) and spoke with someone and they mentioned a parking lot at the FINISH line for the Half/Full marathon that shuttled you (for free) to the START line. That way people were already at their cars afterwards. Brilliant! Plus I noticed people getting in busses after the race (perhaps VIP?). So access was good considering an extra 10,000 people were in the small city.
The expo was in a HUUUUGE convention center. We walked about a mile from the front door to the actual expo! Which was OK and actually just impressive. Anyway, it was your typical Rock n Roll expo - LOTS TO BUY. A huge booth with Brooks gear, RnR branded nick knacks, shirts, shoes, then all the vendors. There's plenty to look at, photo ops, and getting your bib and T-shirt is painless due to all the nice volunteers.
I did the "Remix Challenge" so I had two race day experiences, Saturday morning (5K) and Sunday morning (Half marathon):
Race day (5K): easy access, got to the Start line with plenty of time to spare, not too crowded, PERFECT weather. Nice, easily accessible gear check. Start and Finish lines were closeby, 10 small corrals/waves so that you weren't too crowded while running. We ran through the French Quarter and the scenery was perfect - just what you'd expect to see in NOLA. Great views, flat course, nice medals, great volunteers.
Race day (Half Marathon): Race morning was very well organized - it was a little crazier this day because there were 3 races going on - 10K, Half, and Full marathons. So more people as to be expected. Even still, it was very organized. Plenty of porta-potties, tons of trucks for number-organized gear check, an announcer, and all the corrals lined up. It was a gorgeous morning and the area the Start was located was gorgeous and perfect for pre-run photos. It was an overall happy morning. The course was literally flatter than flat. I don't remember any incline or decline at all and my Strava said that I'd gained 20 feet over the course of 13.1 miles. That is insanely flat! There are some uneven road surfaces but nothing that would make me avoid this race. I thought the course was great. It is a great way to really see New Orleans. the finish-line party was very noteable. It was around a huge, gorgeous track and was like a HUGE party! Beer, food, a huge stage with live music, and really happy runners. Not to mention the weather was PERFECT! Also a lot more photo ops!
SWAG! The RnR swag is always on point. For doing the remix challenge, I got an extra medal ("Remix" medal) that is definitely my new fave. It's a guitar with a spinny thing, really colorful, and just awesome. The shirts are tech tees, and if you want any extras you have more than enough options to choose from at the Brooks booth during the expo (they also make an appearance on race day in case you forget anything you wanted!)
The aid stations both days were plentiful and stocked with necessities. For half/marathon day, they also had energy gels. There were lots of nice and great volunteers, really nice live bands on the course, and it's just overall a really fun day.
I would definitely recommend this race and spending some time in New Orleans.