Louisiana 5k and Half Marathon Race Recap
This is my race recap of the Louisiana 5k and Half Marathon Races that was held January 14th and 15th of this year with a bit of my weekend fun thrown in.
Louisiana 5k and Half Marathon Race Recap
Back in December, of 2016 if you’ll remember I ran the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Coast Half which is produced by the people who put this race on. I had no intentions of running Louisiana that time either. Well, I had such a fabulous experience that I hardly got home before I was in front of the computer with my credit card signing up!
Not to mention, if you run both the Mississippi and the Louisiana race you get a sweet third medal!
Just like in Mississippi they also offered the Déjà Vu Award by completing a race on both Saturday and Sunday, you receive a coveted crawfish tray. Which came in handy at the finish festival! So much food, but we’ll get to that in a minute.
If you ready nothing further let me say this Louisiana knows how to put on a finish with all the fixins!! You’d be pressed to find another race in our area like this. There is a reason this has been sold out!!
Taken from The Louisiana Marathon website:
We sold out all races in 2016 because our event is more than a race, it’s a festival and a culturally rich one at that. Louisiana is well-known for its festivals, where we celebrate with food, music and dancing. The Louisiana Marathon adds running to that mix for a truly unforgettable weekend. Come run a fast, flat, & fun race course and then enjoy a true Louisiana Festival featuring local musicians, locally brewed craft beer, and some of the best southern cuisine around.
This truly was one of the very best total race experiences I’ve had and remember I just completed my 25th half so I have a few to compare it too.
The Louisiana 5k and half marathon are held in the capitol city of Baton Rouge. I had visited this city before but never been downtown near the capitol and it was truly something to see.
Starting the Weekend off
Our weekend adventure started after work on Thursday when we headed out in our RV. We had some bad luck on the way before stopping for the night. On Friday we made it to the KOA in Denham Springs which was about a 25-minute drive to downtown. (My friend Valeria and her family travel quite a bit with their RV and she told me about this place. Thank you, friend) We met up with Ricky and Jodi at the Expo.
The Expo was located in the Baton Rouge River Center right in the center of all the activity of the weekend. We had no problems parking in the several nearby garages or we could have parked on the street. They had about 50 vendors or so there but one I was simply tickled about was the Community Coffee sponsor!
I also got this cool visor and this is the race shirt I wore a week after pictured below!
We came away with all kinds of cool stuff!!!
We were all hungry after getting away with all the loot so we stopped in at The Chimes. where out of three social media freaks, none of us got a single picture! What???
Afterward, we headed to Coffee Call for the best beignets, yes I said it better than Cafe Du Monde, #sorrynotsorry. We retired back to our RV where we got ready for the first race of the weekend.
We woke up early to get to downtown, which was a breeze compared to yesterday. The campground isn’t a mile off the interstate but it literally took us 20 minutes before we got on. Crazy! Not this morning, easy peasy made it to downtown in record time, pulled into a garage not a block from the start.
We were supposed to meet Ricky and Jodi at the statue in front of the capital. I kept looking for a big building, thinking it would be obvious which was the capital, but we found them and the funny thing is it was way later in the morning before I actually laid eyes on this huge building!
Mr. Sippi and I ran the 5k while Ricky and Jodi ran the 10k this morning. It was a real treat to get to cheer for them coming in too!
Did I mention, free race pictures??
After our race, we all headed to the finish festival! There was so much to choose from too.
They all had jambalaya but after eating everything else and several trips to the coffee stand, I waited until Sunday to try it!
With your race entry, you actually get an armband with 6 circles to partake in the food festival. On Saturday, not many of the vendors were scratching off your circles. You really could eat quite a bit or you could use all your circles to drink beer as well. I don’t drink beer but it didn’t appear to me they were cutting anyone off.
But on each day, you could eat all the jambalaya you could stand because as the cooks said,
“Everyone eats Jambalaya here”
After some fun pictures in front of the capitol, we made our way to the car but not before going through the Main Street Market. Even more, vendors selling homemade goods, meat, boudin, oh and sweets!
I did have to save my cookie for a little later. And I may or may not have had it with King Cake flavored Vodka…
We had a low-key relaxing afternoon back at the campground, I may have even napped before Valerie and her family got there. They had invited us to eat dinner with them and we ended up visiting until almost time for bed! Good food and good conversation make the time fly by!
Sunday Race Day
With a 7 am start we were up and out of the campground early and again had no problems getting to downtown. The garage we parked at yesterday was closed (bummer) but in fact, we parked in the legislative garage right next to the capital and just a short walk from the finish festival.
Pictured above in the orange is Erica, I got to meet her from the MS Gulf Coast race and at this time she had just run the Goofy challenge (That would be 39.3 miles in one weekend) which included her first marathon and get this 7 days before!!! Is that not unbelievable???
I had two goals for this race: #1 keep up with Jodi and #2 have fun. Course you can’t run with her and Ricky and not have fun!
Speaking of fun…
Yes, I’m afraid I’m going to expect mimosas at every race now! This was about mile 4, and I got to hit them up on the way back as well! 😉
There is great crowd support along the course too I mean you are in Louisiana! I finished in 2:22:53 and I was happy with it. I fell in the middle average for overall but I came in 68th out of 186 in my age and had a ball! Hard to complain about that!
Once again we made our way to the finish festival what was different today? There was even more, food and drink! Every hour or so different food vendors would open and close this was a great idea that ensured the marathon finishers plenty of food choices.
Just look at all that bling above! I can’t say enough about this race and all the hard work that went into pulling it off. Each and every year it gets better. I hope you don’t miss out on this one! In fact, mark your calendars for March 1st for opening registration.
After our first walk through the finish festival, we headed to the levee of the Mississippi River a couple blocks away to grab some more pictures.
We said goodbye to our Florida friends and headed to the campground to pack things up, but first, we made a stop to pick up a King Cake, where we took back to share with Valerie and her family before we headed home.
Wow, are you tired just reading all that? It was a fun filled weekend for sure!
If you need a Louisiana race, I hope you’ll consider this one.
What do you think about the latest trend of multi-races in the weekend? Too much or more bling the better?
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Louisiana 5k and Half Marathon