New Orleans Rock 'n' Roll Marathon
February 28, 2016
Drawing in thousands of participants from all over the world, the Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon offers a full, 26 mile 385 yard (42.195 kilometer) Marathon course, as well as a 10K course, and a Half-Marathon.
Formerly known as the Mardi Gras Marathon, this race is one of the most popular of the more than 800 marathons staged worldwide every year. Because of the city’s low-lying elevation, the course is almost uniformly flat, ranging from sea level to only 15 feet above sea level in its highest spots. Also, the weather in New Orleans at this time of year is usually conducive to running; cool and comfortable with low humidity.
Typifying the New Orleans spirit, bandstands are set up on the route and live music greets the ears of those racing past. And, as a bonus, runners are rewarded at the end of the run with a New Orleans-style street party in scenic, historic City Park, featuring live entertainment, food, drinks and fun!
The 10K race starts at 7:00 a.m. in the heart of the city’s Central Business District, on St. Charles Avenue at Lafayette Square, one block from Poydras Street. Participants in the 10K will have a half-hour head start on the Marathon and Half-Marathon runners and a much shorter course that will take them through parts of the city’s Warehouse District, along the edge of the French Quarter and up the full length of Esplanade Avenue to City Park.
The full and half-course Marathons will take off at 7:30 a.m. from Camp and Poydras streets. The full Marathon participants will run along St. Charles Avenue to Audubon Park and back, then pass through the Warehouse District, downtown, along the edge of the French Quarter and up Esplanade to City Park.
The Half-Marathon and Half-Marathon Relay will eliminate most of the St. Charles Avenue route for its participants, and they will follow the rest of the route through downtown, the French Quarter and along Esplanade.
All along the course, at evenly spaced intervals, are fluid replacement stations where race participants can freshen up. Emergency medical units are also stationed along the route in case they are needed.
The race is open to runners in fifteen age categories ranging from 12-14 to 80+. Awards will be given out to the top three runners in each age category, as well as to the top three runners overall, male and female.
Participants must be able to complete the half marathon in four hours or the full marathon in seven hours.
Health & Fitness Expo
Also in conjunction with the Marathon will be a Health & Fitness Expo at the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center, Hall C, on February 26 and 27. Hours on Friday the 26th are 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m., and on the 25th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission to the Expo is free and open to the public.
Offered among the more than 60 exhibits will be free samples of running and fitness products, fitness seminars and health screenings, plus info on the latest running shoes, sports apparel and health & nutrition products.
The live entertainment lineup for the 2016 post-race party will be the renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Those interested in participating in the race or just spectating and taking part in the blowout party after the race can get more information from the race’s website. For more event details and race guidelines visit www.runrocknroll.com/new-orleans.