The Louisiana Marathon was established in 2012 to be a major racing event on the winter road racing calendar and running festival celebrating the passion for the sport combined with the Louisiana culture.

On January 17, 2016, the fifth annual running of The Louisiana Marathon will be hosted in Baton Rouge, the Capitol City. With the multi-race format, there’s a distance for everyone. Participants can choose from the marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon, 5K and kids marathon.

Friends, family and curious spectators will line up along the 26.2 miles of roadways filled with inspiring sights and sounds to cheer on the many that chose to run.

The Louisiana Marathon course features a fast, flat, festive path from downtown along the river through the University Lakes, the Louisiana State University campus and in historic river town neighborhoods.

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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 Natchiotoches, Oyster Rockefeller in New Orleans‘ French Quarter — or a modern culinary classic crafted from 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.”



The eyes of the world will be focused on the main event of the weekend – The Louisiana Marathon. Friends, family and curious spectators will line up along the 26.2 miles of roadways filled with inspiring sights and sounds to cheer on the many that chose to run. The Louisiana Marathon course features a fast, flat, runner-friendly path through the lakes, along the river, around downtown, on the university campus and in historic neighborhoods.

The Louisiana Marathon course has been secured a USAT&F Certification: it is officially a Boston Qualifier route.


Join the fastest growing race distance in the country. Custom designed Louisiana Half Marathon medals will be awarded for all finishers and awards will be 3 deep in each division for the Louisiana Half Marathon.

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LOUISIANA QUARTER MARATHON presented by The Advocate
A 10K with Lagniappe // 6.55 Miles — Run The Quarter Marathon presented by The Advocate at The Louisiana Marathon running festival weekend on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Each year more and more Louisiana locals — and those from around the world who share our passion for festivals, tailgating and parades — are toeing the line at one of our races. This year, in 2015, we are rolling out a new distance to our multi race format.

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LOUISIANA 5K presented by The Advocate
This isn’t your neighborhood 5K. You get to finish in style and receive an official 5K Medal from The Louisiana Marathon. If you are hoping to participate in The Louisiana Marathon festivities, but you are looking for something a little less than 26.2 or 13.1 miles, then this is it! Or perhaps you are taking part in LA49 to 1 and want to start off 2014 on the right foot….whatever your reason to run, we can’t wait to see you!

Sprinters, joggers, walkers can all participate in this event. Strollers and Baby Joggers are allowed but are asked to remain towards the back of the group for safety purposes.

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LOUISIANA KIDS MARATHON presented by The Advocate
Since 2012, The Louisiana Marathon® has teamed up with The Advocate — the leading daily paper in the state and a partner in state-wide efforts to inspire healthy lifestyles, especially among children — to produce the kids event, officially: “The Advocate Kids Marathon at The Louisiana Marathon®”.

The Kids Marathon has a simple mission: Instill healthy lifestyle activities in our kids at an early age, and they will enjoy healthier living later in life. Getting regular exercise is an important component in reaching a healthy lifestyle.

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