On February 24 the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon returns to the Crescent City, attracting thousands of participants from all over the world.
Formerly known as the Mardi Gras Marathon, this endurance event is extremely popular. The course is flat because of the city’s low-lying elevation and the weather in New Orleans this time of year is usually pleasant for runners: cool and comfortable with low humidity. As a bonus, runners are rewarded at the end of the route with a New Orleans-style street party featuring live entertainment, food, drinks and fun!
The race starts at 7:00 a.m. in the heart of the city’s Central Business District at Poydras and Camp streets. The course takes in a wide expanse of New Orleans between the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain. Participants in the 26 mile 385 yard (42.195 km) course will enjoy the beauty of the city as they jog past: storybook mansions along St. Charles Avenue, historic architecture in the French Quarter, elegant homes along Esplanade Avenue and the scenic lakefront along Lakeshore. The race ends in City Park, where the party begins!
The race is open to walkers as well as runners and also offers a “half-marathon” and a two-person half-marathon relay. Coinciding with the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon is an educational and informative Fitness Expo at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center.
All along the course, at evenly spaced intervals, are water stations. Typifying the New Orleans spirit, bandstands are set up on the route and live music will keep you motivated to carry on! Many participants have agreed – there is no race like this anywhere in the world!
Are you Coming to New Orleans for the Rock n Roll Marathon?
If you plan on coming into town to participate in the marathon, you should stay in a New Orleans bed and breakfast for your visit. Not only will you be treated to superior, personalized service, but you’re sure to have a great night’s sleep in a luxuriant bed! Plus, innkeepers are happy to make a great breakfast for you and have it ready for when you need to head to the starting point for the race. Good luck!