Frequently Asked Questions


What are the dates/times for The Louisiana Marathon events?
(Full event schedule is still being finalized)

January 15, 2016 – The Expo (12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.)
January 16, 2016 – Louisiana Quarter Marathon & 5K  (7:00 a.m.)
January 16, 2016 – Louisiana Kids Marathon (10:00 a.m., follows 5K)
January 16, 2016 – The Expo (10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
January 17, 2016 – The Louisiana Marathon, Louisiana Half Marathon (7:00 a.m.)

What are the future dates of The Louisiana Marathon?

January 14 & 15, 2017, January 13 & 14, 2018, January 19 & 20, 2019

Where can I find a map of the course?

The course for all of the races is located in the race guide. You can pick one up at The Expo on Friday, January 15 or at many of our local hotel partners.

Do you limit the number of runners in each race?

The marathon and the half marathon are capped at 2,000 and 5,000, respectively, and are on a first-come first-served basis. The Louisiana Quarter Marathon, 5K & Kids Marathon are not capped at this time.

Will you have pacers?

The Louisiana Marathon will have a Free Pace Group Program again for 2016 with pacers provided by Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics. Sign up for free and meet the pacers at The BlueCross BlueShield Expo where they will answer any questions you have. Read more>>

Can I have cell phones, friends, strollers, dogs on the course?

We encourage you to invite friends and family to cheer you on along the course, but they are only allowed to run with you if they are registered as well. Per USA Track & Field rules, elements that could impede the safety of runners, such as strollers and pets on the course, are not allowed. The safety of our runners is our number one priority. By signing or clicking ’I Accept’ on any Louisiana Marathon registration race waiver, you are agreeing to abide by the Rules of Competition.

Can I wear headphones?

Participants will be able to use listening devices during the running of the marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon and 5K, but they do so at their own risk. Runner safety is, and will continue to be, the priority for all of our events. To ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone, we ask that you please be mindful of the other participants and race personnel.

You MUST be aware of your surroundings at all times and this includes being able to hear any verbal warnings/instructions from police/course officials or the sound of any vehicles and other participants on the course. The abuse of portable headphone devices can result in disqualification. Abuse refers to being so distracted that you become a hazard to your fellow participants, spectators, course marshals, finish line officials, medical personnel, other race officials, police personnel or vehicle traffic.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. We must constantly consider the safety of all our participants, volunteers and spectators and review this rule as well as others in order to ensure the continued safety of our participants.

Can I switch from the marathon to half marathon?

You may switch from the marathon to half marathon until Thursday, January 7, 2015.  Please email Starting Friday, January 8, 2015, all switches must be made at The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Expo.  We do not provide a refund for the difference.

What if I lose something the day of the race?

Lost & Found is located at the main info booth at the Finish Festival on Sunday. After marathon weekend, items will be available at the marathon office for two weeks. Clothing items left in the start areas are donated to charity.


When does registration open?

Registration is currently open for the 2016 event.

I am injured, pregnant, have a family emergency or unexpectedly out of town, can I get a refund?

Entry fees are non-refundable and entries are non-transferable. This means once you have registered, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number to anyone else. Exceptions will be made if you are on active military duty and you get deployed. You can send us a copy of your orders, and we will refund your entry fee.

Can I defer my entry to 2017?

Yes, you may defer your entry to the next year for a $30 fee, but you must do so on or before Monday, January 4, 2015.  Please visit to purchase a deferral.

Can I give/sell my number to another runner?

Entries are non-transferable. This is for the safety of the runner. If a runner collapses or is otherwise injured during the race and is running as someone else, we would not have emergency information available for them. This could result in further injury. In addition this would be unfair to all of the people who tried to get in legitimately and could not.

Why haven’t I received an email confirmation?

Check your spam filter. That is usually the problem. Please make sure that the domains and are on your “allowed senders” list so that your spam filter will not block your confirmation email or any other important notifications.

How can I see if I’m registered?

Registration confirmation is available online for the marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K, and Kids Marathon.  You may confirm a registration on the left hand side on our registration engine at the following link here.

Where does my registration fee go?

Your registration fee help to pay for the necessary permits, infrastructure, supplies, bibs, timing, and personnel to produce all marathon-related events.


Will I receive a medal if I place in my age group?

In addition to finisher medals awarded for each finisher in each race, there will be specific age group awards for all races.


When is packet pick-up?

The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Expo located at The Baton Rouge River Center is the ONLY place you can pick up your packet. You can pick up your packet from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2016 and from 10:00am to 5;00pm on Saturday, January 16, 2016.  Please remember to bring your ID and confirmation email with you. Race day packet pick-up is not available. Click here for more information regarding packet pick-up.

What do I need to bring with me to pick up my packet?

Every participant in the marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K and kids marathon will receive a confirmation email one to two weeks prior to the race.  Please bring your confirmation email and your photo ID to the Expo to pick up your packet. Don’t forget to add and to your approved senders so that you do not this important email in your spam filter.

Can I authorize another person to pick up my race packet?

If you are unable to get your packet, a friend can pick up your packet with a hard copy of your photo ID (no cell phone pictures).  Your friend will sign a form stating your race packet was picked up and then be directed to the proper pick up area. Please remember they can only do this at the Expo.

Where can I park at packet pick-up?

The Baton Rouge River Center has a parking garage adjacent to it and several parking lots within walking distance. You can view a map of parking options or download a map here.


Do I need to purchase a timing chip?

No, we will be using disposable chips that are part of your bib.

How do I make sure I have the right chip?

Your chip number will coincide with your bib number and will be attached to your bib.

Official time – gun time or chip time?

Per USA Track & Field rules, your official time is from the starting mats until you cross the finish timing mats. Chip time or net time is provided as a service to you, and is accepted by many races, including the Boston Marathon, as a qualifying time.

Where do I send my chip if I still have it after the race?

This is a single-use chip and is good for this event only. The chip will NOT be collected in the finish area. You may keep the chip as a souvenir or deposit it in recycle bins in the finish area.


Is there a place to drop bags at the start line?

Yes, Gear Check will be located next to the Finish Festival and Louisiana Welcome Center. Please see the detailed start area map in your Participant Guide for exact locations. The drop off and pickup are in the same general location as the start line, finish line and Finish Festival, all conveniently located within the State Capital grounds.

What happens to my bag if I forget to claim it after the race?

Gear Check closes at 2:30 pm on race day and all bags must be picked up before that time. Louisiana Marathon is not responsible for gear bags not picked up by 2:30 pm, however, remaining bags will be held at the marathon office for up to one week after the race and can be picked up during business hours. After one week, anything remaining is discarded or donated to charity.


Is The Louisiana Marathon a Boston qualifier?

Yes, we are an official Boston Qualifier. (USAT&F #LA11019JF)  Qualifying times for the 2017 Boston Marathon vary by age group and a complete breakdown of qualifying times can be found here. The Louisiana Marathon will send a complete list of finishers to the BAA once results become official.

How do I submit my time to the Boston Marathon?

When registering for the Boston Marathon, enter your finishing time, finishing place, the race name and location and the date of the race in the section entitled “Qualification Information.” Be sure to indicate if the time you enter is gun or chip time.

Will the Boston Marathon check to confirm my time?

Yes. The Boston Marathon automatically receives a list of all official finishers of The Louisiana Marathon and their chip and gun times. The time that you put on your Boston Marathon registration will be checked against the official time that they have on file.

For any other questions concerning qualification for the Boston Marathon, please contact the Boston Athletic Association.


Where should I park on Race Day?

Parking at the start of both all races is available on the streets and in public parking garages around the State offices on North St. Be aware that normal parking rules and fees will apply and be aware of NO PARKING SIGNS for Race Day that will be posted. Detailed map of downtown garages are here.


Where does the race start and finish?

The marathon and half marathon will start and finish on 4th Street in front of the State Library and State Museum. Detailed maps of both areas as well as instructions for race morning, can be found in the Official Participant Guide which will be posted online and emailed to all registered runners prior to the event weekend.

Will there be corrals?

Marathon Maniacs and Half Fanatics will be providing pace teams and will be staggered in the starting corrals.  We will have an elite start and two other delayed starting groups.

How do I get my finisher items after the race?

For the marathon, finisher medals will be given out shortly after official finishers cross the finish line.

Where can I meet my family and friends after the race?

The easiest way to find your family and friends after the race is to have a plan beforehand.  The grounds at the Finish Festival is the best location to meet up with a friend or family member after the race. You will find a map of the grounds in the Official Participant Guide.


How do I contact someone about an online merchandise purchase?

Please visit to view available merchandise. Please send all comments and questions to:

Will I be able to purchase race merchandise at the Expo and on race day?

Yes, the Louisiana Marathon Gear Shop is located at the Expo and on the State Capitol grounds at the Finish Festival.


What is the time limit for the marathon?

City permits limit the race time to a 7 hour time limit. The course will be closed at a 16.01 minute per mile pace. No race services including medical, aid stations or traffic control are available beyond this pace.

The finish line remains open until 2:15 p.m. (assuming an 7:00 a.m. start). Participants must cross the finish line by 2:15 p.m. in order to be considered “official finishers”. After 2:15 p.m., the course and finish line are closed. The finisher shirt and medal will not be awarded after 2:15 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Finishing the marathon by 2:15 p.m. generally means maintaining an average pace of 16:01 per mile. The race course is opened to traffic on a rolling schedule as participants make their way to the finish. In order to ensure safety, a Sweep Vehicle and Bus follows the race route to pick-up participants who are unable to maintain this pace on a consistent basis. Participants are required to board the Sweep Bus when so instructed by Race Officials. Course Marshals are instructed to record bib numbers of all participants who refuse to board the bus when instructed to do so.

Why is there a time limit?

In order to comply with city permits, streets crossing the route must be reopened to vehicular traffic on a set schedule.

What happens if my pace is slower than the allotted time?

If you are caught by the Sweep Vehicle traveling at the 16:01 per mile pace, you MUST board the Sweep Bus accompanying this vehicle for transport to the finish area. For your safety, the Baton Rouge Police Department does not allow runners to continue once the course has been re-opened to traffic. Keep in mind that race services, including water stations and medical aid, will be discontinued once the Sweep Vehicle comes through. The finish line closes at 2:15 p.m. Finisher medals and t-shirts will be awarded only to those finishing within the allotted time limit.

What is not allowed on the course?

Many things are not allowed on the course. If you have a question about what is or is not allowed, email us at Here is a partial list of what is NOT allowed on the course: runners going backward, runners not wearing a race number, animals, bicycles, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates, roller blades, hand-crank chairs, wheeled vehicles and push-rim wheelchairs.

Is there energy gel available on the course?

Yes, we will have GU at designated locations along the course of the full and half marathons as well as additional locations.  Flavors for 2015 included: Strawberry/Banana, Chocolate and Vanilla.

What sports beverage will be on the course?

Powerade® will be available along the course.


How can I find out if a runner has finished?

Friends and family can track your progress in the marathon throughout the course through our timing company. Links will be available at Results for all events will be published on our website and social media during and immediately following the race.

How can I find out if someone has dropped out of the race or is in the Medical Area?

Check at the Family Medical Information Tent which will be located near the Finish Line Festival, this is a secure runners-only area. Detailed maps of the State Capitol grounds are available in the Official Spectator Guide and on the event website.

What are the best places to watch the race?

Top Five Places to Watch the Marathon

  1. Downtown – Start/Finish on 4th Street
  2. LSU Campus – Highland and Dalrymple
  3. LSU Lakes – Miles 3, 8-10
  4. City Park
  5. North Boulevard – Mile 2 and Miles 12 of The Half and 25 of the Marathon
What time will the first runners be coming through my area?

This information will be available in the Spectators Guide which will have details along the course. You will also be able to download a Spectators Guide.

Will my road be closed during the marathon?

Road closure information will be disclosed when final course approval has been given. This information will be updated as marathon weekend approaches.


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For addition information or special requests, contact Catharine McKay, our Event Coordinator:

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