Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans

Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans

Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans

( 56 reviews )
89% of reviewers recommend this race
  • New Orleans,
    United States
  • February
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Relay
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Christine Guenther

Spokane, Washington, United States
73 121
"RnR NOLA Half Marathon"
Aid Stations
Course Scenery
Expo Quality
Elevation Difficulty
Race Management
Christine Guenther's thoughts:

I first ran RnR NOLA 6 years ago and came back for the first time since then this year. I did the 5K on Saturday and the Half on Sunday.

The Expo: Option of going Friday or Saturday. No race day pick up for the 10k/half/full on Sunday and you had to pick up your own bib, something I've never been a fan of, especially if you get into a bind. Not a whole lot at the Expo, but I was able to try the Normatec Compression sleeves (must do if you can!). Local races and some other set ups available. Also had the option of exchanging your t shirts for any of the Sunday Events if something didn't fit.

Parking: you could park at the finish of the race and pay for a shuttle to the starting area. If you were staying downtown, shuttles back downtown post race for free

Prices: for the half, up to $150 (open around ~50 if you pre register)

Course: flat. Really flat. Did I say flat? My only issue with the course were the roads. So. Many. Potholes. My hips and low back hated me because of it the second half of the race. The first 7 miles were out and back starting at Lafayette Square (ish) and going through the Garden District out through Loyola New Orleans at Uptown Carlton and back. Around mile 9 we were close to where we stared and went through the Business District and the French Quarters. The French Quarter portion was similar to the 5K route from Saturday, where you saw the big stuff (Cathedral, Jackson Square, Cafe Du Mond, the Market). We ultimately turned and passed through the 7th Ward and headed towards the Art Museum. The half and full split about 12.5 miles in and we continued on into where the Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Art were.

Aid Stations: every 1.5-2 miles with some combination of water, gels and gatorade. Never congested, which was good

Weather: expect some sun, tends to be in the 70s.

Post Race: you got your medal, water and food pretty quick. Kind of annoying to have photographers in your face. Post race party was all in one place with the merchandise tent (where you could also get your medal engraved), the info tents, the remix/heavy medal pick up etc. The Normatec group was also there, but only the marathoners could utilize this, which was really disappointing (literally, no one using it for a good 3 hrs until marathoners started coming through). Music was on going, but really not all that much entertainment wise. I was kind of expecting more.

Shuttles: free back to downtown, which was a plus!

Overall a good race, just wish there was more going on post race and that half marathoners could also utilize the normatec compression.

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