A Running Festival with Lagniappe




The Louisiana Marathon® has added an additional layer of safety for race participants running the half and full marathons.  First Responders and Emergency Personnel will have access to a Medical QR Code™ that is printed on your race bib and provided by RunnersHealth™.  This information is safe, secure and can be used to help save your life in case of an emergency.

Your race bib will have a Medical QR Code that is only accessible to emergency personnel which links to this information.   After the race your information can no longer be accessed with this QR Code. RunnersHealth on Facebook

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Verify or Add Information to Your RunnersHealth™ Profile

Simply follow the link below and complete these easy steps:

  • Emergency Contacts – Be certain to enter multiple Emergency contacts
  • Allergies to Medications, foods or things like bee stings
  • Medications you may be taking
  • Medical Conditions that could compromise emergency treatment

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Event Alert System (EAS) // Emergency Action System

The Louisiana Marathon utilizes a color-coded Event Alert System (EAS) for our races that communicate the status of course conditions on race day. The levels range from Low (green) to Moderate (yellow) to High (red) to Extreme (black) based on the weather, security measures and other course conditions. On race day, the current EAS status will be communicated via color-coded flags at the start and finish areas and along the course at each medical station.

All participants should familiarize themselves with the EAS prior to the race, remain alert for directions from race officials, and take precautions to prepare properly for varying weather or course conditions on race day.  Signage explaining the EAS will be available at the EXPO.

Current Alert Notice for January 15, 2017

This year we are expecting the wet bulb temperature on Sunday to fall within the Moderate (yellow) range some time after 10:00am.   That temperature range is 65 – 73 degrees F.

What the Louisiana Marathon is doing to prepare:

  1. Notifying runners of warmer than normal temperatures and encouraging them to slow down Sunday.
  2. Increasing quantities of fluids and cups on the course aid stations.
  3. Distributing ice cups to runners at all aid stations AFTER the Full Marathon / Half Marathon Split which is ~ 11 miles into the race.
  4. Augmenting our medical response plans to accommodate more heat related illness/injury.

What runners competing on Sunday can do to prepare:

  1. Manage your expectations and plan to slow down.  Higher temperatures will make it difficult to set a new Personal Record Sunday.  Knowing this and planning for it can greatly improve your experience at the end of the race.
  2. Start hydrating early.  Drinking plenty of water Thursday, Friday, and Saturday will go a long way to ensuring you will be prepared for warmer temperatures Sunday.
  3. Plan to carry more fluids if you think you will need them.  There are aid stations ~ every 1.25 miles that have water and PowerAde.  Aid stations AFTER mile 11 will have ice cups as well.
  4. Complete the medical information request emailed to all participants from RunnersHealth.

Aid Stations & EMS

Medical personnel will be stationed at each aid station along the racecourse to monitor and treat any athlete who is injured or in distress. Aid stations contain first aid personnel, portable toilet facilities, water & Honey Stinger Gels. Baton Rouge EMS will also be providing medical support throughout the racecourse on both days.

Performance Recovery Zone

The Performance Recovery Zone will be located just past the Finish Line near the entrance of the Finish Festival. This performance recovery tent will be dedicated to treating non-emergency conditions, but rather helping runners recover from their run (e.g., we will be treating blisters, athletes in need of ice, etc.).

Only those participants (and spectators) requiring recovery assistance may access this designated area.

Family Relations Tent

This tent is an area for family/friends to inquire about the health status of a runner. Due to medical confidentiality, medical personnel cannot provide medical information on a runner unless the runner provides oral permission to the designated person(s) or if the runner has provided race organizers with an emergency contact person(s).

Medical Support

Each medical tent will be staffed with teams of medical professionals, and equipped with emergency equipment and supplies. The Main Medical Tent is located just past the finish line.


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Meet the Medical Coordinator



Ray has been the director of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at Louisiana State University since 2002 and also serves as associate professor of professional practice at LSU. He has had an impressive career as a licensed athletic trainer and has served on many professional boards and committees. Ray has also been heavily involved in large-scale athletic event coverage, including the 1992 US Olympic Track & Field Trials, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Louisiana Marathon, Boston Marathon, and Ironman Texas Triathlon.


For addition information or special requests, contact Ray Castle, our Louisiana Marathon Medical Coordinator or: medical@thelouisianamarathon.com

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LHC Group is a national provider of post-acute care services, providing quality, cost-effective health care to patients within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. We provide a comprehensive array of healthcare services through home health, hospice and community-based services locations in our home-based division and long-term acute care hospitals in our facility-based division. More hospitals, physicians and families choose LHC Group, because our 11,000 employees in 25 states are united by a single, shared purpose: It’s all about helping people.

LHC Group was founded in 1994 in rural Louisiana. And now with hundreds of locations around the country, we’re always close to home. Find a location near you at LHCgroup.com. Or call us at 1.866.LHC.GROUP.

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Our medical sponsors & partners provide the Louisiana Marathon® the personal health know-how and medical support that many runners will be able to utilize throughout the weekend of January 13th-15th, 2017. These partners are crucial to the success of the Louisiana Marathon® and the safety of our runners, spectators and volunteers.

On behalf of our team at the Louisiana Marathon® we would like thank all of our medical sponsors for all their support and endless hours in giving our runners the best Louisiana experience possible.

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