Louisiana is a state located in the very southern region of the US, which boasts a scenic and picturesque annual marathon that attracts participants from far and wide.
The weekend event boasts a 5k, half-marathon and full marathon. Unlike other marathon events, the Louisiana Marathon really does have something for people of a wide variety of running levels. From kids, to those taking their timid first steps into distance running, to seasoned long-distance competitors, it caters for everybody. When this universal appeal is combined with the stunningly scenic routes and an atmospheric and tourist-friendly city, a great weekend is sure to be had by all.
It has a useful pre-race expo that features more than 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest trends, designs, and advances in running shoes and apparel.
The race itself is run on a flat, fast and very scenic course. Runners pass numerous lakes, mansions and huge oak trees, which really bring this captivating course to life.
The race has received rave reviews because of this and is highly recommended by those who have taken part.
A festival atmosphere grips the city throughout the weekend, and runners should ensure to take in the local food and culture. Louisiana is very proud to be the birthplace of America's only indigenous art-form – jazz. This aspect of the city's culture, as well as numerous others, are there to be exploited by those present at this event. The post-race party includes at least 15 different restaurants cooking a variety of food as well as live bands.
The beauty of the Louisiana Marathon is that it gives you the option to make of it what you will. Whether you're looking for a weekend away with your family with a bit of running thrown in, or you wish to achieve a low-time in an excellent marathon, this is a perfect fit.
The marathon will take you through some of the most spectacular sites the state has to offer. You will run through downtown Louisiana, the local university LSU with its magnificent architecture, through historic neighbourhoods and suburbs, and through the garden district of Louisiana.
The course is of a flat and fast nature, and a low running time is achievable due to this and the cool January temperatures when the race is generally run.
How to get there/Where to stay?
All relevant information of this nature is available on the marathon's excellent website.
With the marathon the best part of a year away, flights booked sooner will naturally be substantially cheaper than if you leave it until later to book.
Highs The variety of running events, as well as the carnival atmosphere that grips the city.
Lows Not being able to make the most out of all of the food on offer after the race due to tiredness.
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