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Runners on the LSU Lakes in the Louisiana Marathon
The major race, an official Boston Marathon qualifier, draws about 7,000 participants.

Imagine running in cool air through historic neighborhoods with cheering crowds streetside, under stately oak-lined streets and around pristine University Lakes where a Louisiana sunrise reflects on the water.

That’s what runners from all over the world experience each January at The Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge. This major races and official Boston Marathon Qualifier draws about 10,000 participants from all 50 states and a dozen countries. 

The sixth annual Louisiana Marathon weekend, billed as Rendezvous6 will unfold in Baton Rouge the weekend of January 13-15, 2017. Think you aren’t ready for 26.2 miles? No worries. The multirace format has distances for everyone. Choose from the full marathon, half-marathon, quarter marathon, 5K or kids marathon. Each course is fast, flat and festive.

Louisianians seize any opportunity to have a good time, even a race. This one celebrates a passion for running, good food and music. The race weekend, deemed a “running festival with lagniappe,” is known for its exceptional expo and unique finish fest. 

The Expo, which is free and open to the public, kicks-off the weekend’s events at the Baton Rouge River Center. More than 50 exhibitors will showcase the latest fitness, nutrition and sports trends, designs, products and events, while charity partners share their causes. Runner’s World named The Louisiana Marathon one of the nine best new marathons in 2014, calling it a “26.2 mile party.” Baton Rouge has a strong running community, and its residents treat the race like a parade—tailgating, partying and cheering runners along the route. But it’s the post-race festival that makes it a real party. 

Fun for the whole family, festivalgoers can enjoy authentic Louisiana cuisine, drink and music as well as kids’ activities. The Food Village features local favorites such as jambalaya, gumbo and crawfish étoufée as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Celebrate your accomplishment with a well-deserved, Louisiana-brewed Abita beer while dancing and listening to high-energy Louisiana performers. Entertainment for this year's Finish Fete include favorites Michael Foster ProjectQuiana Lynell and the Lush LifeC.C. Adcock and the Lafayette Marquis, and Grammy Award winner Jon Cleary and the Absolute Gentlemen.

Baton Rouge is thrilled to host the sixth annual running of The Louisiana Marathon and invites everyone to come live the marathon’s motto, “run, eat, dance and laugh.” Register now and kick your New Year off with a healthy start!

Author: Cathy Juarez
Posted: Thu, 12/22/2016