If every participant, volunteer and partner involved with last year’s – wildly successful – inaugural event and brings a friend or loved one, The Louisiana Marathon will be recognized as a cornerstone running festival. Our passion for Louisiana running, cuisine, music and lifestyle brings people together — locals, ex-patriots and inquisitive travelers of all ages.
Here is OUR definition for a RENDEZVOUS: ren·dez·vous [rahn-de-voo]
1. an agreement between two or more persons with a passion for running in Louisiana to meet at acertain time and place. 2. the meeting itself after the race at the Finish Festival 3. a place designated for a assembling, especially race in Baton Rouge, January 18-20 4. a meeting of two or more spacecraft in outer space — how one feels after finishing your first Louisiana Marathon — Out Of This World! 5. a favorite or popular gathering place – yeah, your right! See ya at The Louisiana Marathon // 2013.
We love to run and we love to run in Louisiana. Our course captures many aspects of running throughout our state. We traverse levees, cross spillways and loop bayous; and all of this while running under canopies of old moss draped Oaks our spires of Cypress.
Our course was a surprise to many. Its beauty and hidden surprises were recognized often in the overwhelming feedback after the inaugural race. It will be updated: for instance in 2013 we will avoid runaway trains and we can enjoy time along the Riverfront. We are also establishing several CheerZones to compliment the Louisiana experience with local music of all kinds.
At Rendezvous 2013, we will be unveiling the Louisiana Showcase Tent presented by the Belle of Baton Rouge. Re recognize that its not just our food that is special, but its the variety of the recipes and the spice of life that makes our cooking special. We are teaming up with friends at the Gonzales, LA Jambalaya Festival to present jambalaya made multiple ways. True to the fact that no two families share the same recipe around here.
We will have 4-6 jambalaya stations in the Louisiana Showcase tent. Be sure to keep your ear to the ground, nose in the air or fingers on the Facebook keys as we continue to release information about this tent.
Music is in our DNA. Our state offers many unique sounds by performers world-renown. We have partnered with Manship Theatre to identify great acts to compliment each day’s event. We will have Louisiana music playing at The Expo, before each race at the start, along the marathon and The Half courses at designated CheerZones and at the Finish Fest.
Let’s face it, Louisiana holds a special place in everyone’s heart. Its like no other in the country, in the world. The event celebrates what makes the state unique and with all our fun and games as well as a festival for each weekend, our event addresses a serious challenge in our state: unhealthiness recognized in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, … the list goes on.
We believe that by having fun, doing what we do best, we can interject RUNNING into the local vocabulary. Instead of telling people from a pulpit supported by stacks of medical reports that eating better, working out more and partying less is critical to extending our lives; we are targeting all of these by saying come run with us. By falling in love with running we will eat better, move more and party the right amount, the right way. And if we can get kids engaged at a young age, we can “laugh” all the way home from a check up!
If you have any suggestions or recommendations to make RENDEZVOUS 2013 a better event or would like to volunteer as an individual or a group, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@thelouisianamarathon.