On behalf of the Louisiana Marathon Organizing Committee, I am proud to announce the opening of registration for the 2014 Louisiana Marathon Weekend. I would like to thank the participants from 47 states and 11 countries who joined us in 2013 as we continue to improve and enhance the overall experience for our third running.
Bart Yasso from Runner’s World will be active throughout the year, Matt Long will speak at our pasta dinner and Christy Works-Boutte from ArtByChristy will be releasing our art print early this spring.
Be on the lookout for news about the expo, music lineups, cheer zones, food offerings, and our family and finish festivals. For instance, recently we met with Louisiana festival experts and our restaurant partners to begin planning the best post race party on the bayou – no more leaving over 1,000 servings of jambalaya on the table at the end of the fest. We want everyone to experience full festival offerings in 2014.
We will be capping the Marathon at 2,000 and The Half at 5,000. The Advocate 5K & Kids Marathon will be set at a later date. Since we anticipate growth, these limits will help ensure a safe and memorable experience for all.
I would like to thank Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Mayor Holden and the City of Baton Rouge, Paul Arrigo and Visit Baton Rouge along with our volunteers, sponsors, partners, committee and runners for making our events a success and Louisiana proud.
Let's Rendezvous in 2014!
We have a strong running community. Groups like Claim Your Journey champion #RUNLA to encourage people around the state (as well as Louisiana visitors) to go for a run. Running clubs/stores support our event and lead training clinics. Our weather allows kids and adults of all ages to run the roads, levees, spillways, trails, parade routes, ...
Our food reflects a cultural history that spans centuries. Whether you sample pork boudin in Lafayette, savory meat pies in Natchitoches, Oysters Rockefeller in New Orleans' French Quarter — or a modern culinary classic crafted from a James Beard award-winning chef — you're sampling the rich mix of Louisiana’s heritage. LOU!S!ANA Travel - Food.
It's the birthplace of America's only indigenous art form – jazz – but Louisiana also is home to a host of musical styles ranging from country, gospel and blues to hip hop, rockabilly and rock 'n' roll. Louisiana has produced an incredible wealth of musical talent. When you come to Louisiana, don't miss the music! LOU!S!ANA Travel - Music.
We believe our event can interject RUNNING into the local vocabulary. By falling in love with running, we will eat better, move more and party the right way. And as kids of all ages engage in the sport, we can “laugh” all the way home from a check up! It is not an accident that we cling to the phrase: "Laissez les bon temps rouler."