The Louisiana Marathon

Sat January 16 - Sun January 17, 2021 Baton Rouge, LA 70802 US Directions
FAQs

RACE DAY

 

WHERE SHOULD I PARK ON RACE DAY?

Parking is available on the streets and in public parking garages. Normal parking rules and fees will apply, and be aware of NO PARKING SIGNS for Race Day that will be posted. Parking on N. 4th St., North Blvd. and Park Blvd. on race day(s) will result in your vehicle being towed.  Click HERE for information on downtown garages.

 

WILL THERE BE CORRALS?

For the 2021 Event, due to COVID-19 restrictions, runners will be assigned to Waves according to anticipated finish times.  Detailed instructions for wave start times and procedures will be sent to participants prior to race weekend and will be available at packet pickup.

 

HOW DO I GET MY FINISHER ITEMS AFTER THE RACE?

For the Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 5K and Kids 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. For the 2021 Event, due to COVID-19 restrictions, runners will be instructed to exit the finish area soon after crossing the finish line.  Picking a location to meet your family and friends away from the finish line on 4th Street is advised.

 

IS THERE A LIMIT OF RUNNERS IN EACH RACE?

The Louisiana Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon, 5K & Kids Marathon are not capped at this time.

 

WILL THERE BE PACERS?

For the 2021 Event, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be offering pacers.  Runners will be seeded in waves according to expected finish times so staying in the vicinity of the runners you start with should aid in pacing.

 

ARE CELL PHONES, FRIENDS, STROLLERS, DOGS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?

Only registered participants are allowed to run with you on the course. Per USA Track & Field rules, elements that could impede the safety of runners, such as bikes, strollers and pets on the course, are not allowed and therefore NO strollers, bikes, roller blades, dogs, etc. will be allowed in the Sunday Half and Full Marathons. 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. Strollers will be allowed to start at the back of the runner field for the Saturday Quarter Marathon, 5K and Kids Marathon.

 

ARE HEADPHONES ALLOWED?

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?

Yes, you may switch to any distance race from any distance race.  Fees may apply depending on what race you are switching from and to.  If you do not officially change your registered distance, you will receive the medal and event shirt for the race distance you are registered for with no exceptions.  You will find the option to switch race distances by going to your RunSignUp account: Profile -> My Registered Races -> Manage Registration.

 

WHAT IF I LOSE SOMETHING THE DAY OF THE RACE?

Lost & Found is located near Gear Check and/or the Results/Awards area. After the event, any items turned in will be kept at our office for two weeks. Clothing items left in the start areas and along the course are immediately donated to charity and not available at any time.  You can email us at info@thelouisianamarathon.com to inquire about items turned in.

 

REGISTRATION

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR REFUND POLICY INCLUDING COVID-19 CANCELLATION

 

CAN I DEFER MY ENTRY TO NEXT YEAR?

Yes, you may defer your entry to the next event year for a fee until 14 days prior to race weekend.  After that date deferrals are not allowed.  You will find the option to defer your entry by going to your RunSignUp account: Profile -> My Registered Races -> Manage Registration.

 

CAN I SWITCH FROM THE MARATHON TO HALF MARATHON?

Yes, you may switch to any distance race from any distance race.  Fees may apply depending on what race you are switching from and to.  If you do not officially change your registered distance, you will receive the medal and event shirt for the race distance you are registered for with no exceptions.  You will find the option to switch race distances by going to your RunSignUp account: Profile -> My Registered Races -> Manage Registration.

 

WHY HAVEN’T I RECEIVED AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION?

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

 

CAN I GIVE/SELL MY NUMBER TO ANOTHER RUNNER?

Entries are non-transferable. This is for the safety of the runner as well as necessary to satisfy insurance requirements of the event. 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.

 

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 by using the Find A Participant menu option on this page.

 

WHERE DOES MY REGISTRATION FEE GO?

Your registration fee helps to pay for the necessary permits, infrastructure, transportation, staffing, insurance, police, awards, SWAG, supplies, bibs, medals, shirts, and chip timing to produce all event-related activities.  Portions of every registration fee are directed to select charity partners throughout the year.

 

COVID-19

 

YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF INFECTIOUS ILLNESS:

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases including:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

 

IS THERE A RISK TO MY HEALTH?

There is always risk when participating in an event like this or being in public.  We will take extra precaution noting COVID-19.  We encourage people with compromised immune systems, current illness, parents with infants/toddlers, and the very elderly with health issues to consider staying home if they registered for an event, as those are the populations that appear to be susceptible to the dangers of the virus.  If you are feeling ill or have flu-like symptoms, please do not show up.

Our event production company is working with leaders in our industry, local public health officials, and local municipalities to assess the risks associated with each specific event.  We are paying attention to, and following guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for assessing and mitigating risks associated with outdoor endurance events.  There is general agreement that outdoor endurance events, and the people likely patronizing such events are in low-risk categories.

 

WHAT IS THE EVENT DOING DIFFERENTLY TO ADDRESS MY HEALTH CONCERNS?

At this time, we are planning to limit some of the pre-race and post-race activities to further support social distancing efforts.  Starting corrals will include larger areas to promote social distancing.  We will utilize wave starts to spread participants out on the actual racecourse.  Hand sanitizer stations will be deployed around the venue(s). Volunteer groups, medical teams and operations staff will be utilizing appropriate PPE for their roles. Participants will be encouraged to move through the finish area(s) and into larger outdoor spaces as soon as completing the race.

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR REFUND POLICY INCLUDING COVID-19 CANCELLATION

 

RESULTS & AWARDS

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR AWARDS PAGE

 

PACKET PICKUP

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR PACKET PICKUP PAGE

 

CHIP TIMING

 

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 Chip Time.  This is your time from when you cross the start timing 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.  Only the overall winners of each race distance will be scored on Gun Time.  Gun Time uses the actual start time of the race time (when the gun goes off) and when the runner crosses the finish timing mat.

 

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 trash bins in the finish area.

 

GEAR CHECK

 

IS THERE A PLACE TO DROP BAGS AT THE START LINE?

We will have a “morning clothes” drop point at start lines on Saturday and Sunday.  Please make sure your gear is secured in a bag and marked CLEARLY with your bib number.  

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY BAG IF I FORGET TO CLAIM IT AFTER THE RACE?

Gear Check closes at 2:30pm on race day and all bags must be picked up before that time. The Louisiana Marathon is not responsible for gear bags not picked up by 2:30pm, however remaining bags will be brought to the marathon office.  Please contact us at info@thelouisianamarathon.com to claim your bag.  After one week, anything remaining is discarded or donated to charity.

 

BQ // BOSTON QUALIFIER

 

IS THE LOUISIANA MARATHON A BOSTON QUALIFIER?

Yes, we are an official Boston Qualifier. Qualifying times for the Boston Marathon vary by age group and a complete breakdown of qualifying times can be found on their website.  The Louisiana Marathon will send a complete list of finishers to the BAA once results become official.

 

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.

 

COURSE & RULES OF THE ROAD

 

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 16:00 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 2:00pm (assuming an 7:00am start). Participants must cross the finish line by 2:00pm in order to be considered “official finishers.”  After 2:15pm, the course and finish line are closed. Medals will not be awarded after 2:15pm. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Finishing the marathon by 2:00pm generally means maintaining an average pace of 16:00 minutes-per-mile. The racecourse 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 follow 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 16:00 minute-per-mile pace, you MUST board the Sweep Bus accompanying this vehicle for transport to the finish area. For your safety, the 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 2:15pm. Finisher medals will be awarded only to those finishing within the allotted time limit.

 

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?

For the safety of our runners the following are not allowed: 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.

Receiving outside assistance of any kind is not allowed. Outside assistance consists of, but is not limited to receiving fluids, gels, food or any personal items from someone not serving in an official race capacity; receiving pacing assistance from any person that is not a registered participant of the race.

Abusive behavior or language directed toward any other participant, volunteer, police officer, or staff member is also not allowed.

Any of these rules infractions can result in a time penalty or race disqualification. The discretion and final ruling reside with the Race Director.

 

IS THERE ENERGY GEL AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE?

Honey Stinger gel products are available at select aid stations along the course.

 

WHAT SPORTS BEVERAGE WILL BE ON THE COURSE?

Powerade is our fluids partner for the race and will be offered at aid stations.

 

SPECTATORS

 

HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF A RUNNER HAS FINISHED?

Friends and family can track your progress in the Marathon and Half throughout the course through our timing company and mobile app. Links will be available on the website. 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.

 

WHAT ARE THE BEST PLACES TO WATCH THE RACE?

Anywhere along the course route is a perfect location to watch the runners along with the beautiful views.  For the 2021 event spectators are discouraged from coming downtown as we try to maintain social distancing standards as part of our COVID-19 mitigation plan.

 

 

 

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