Mardi Gras Marathon
New Orleans, LA USA
Sunday, February 2, 2014

Mardi Gras Marathon Information

Signing up for the annual New Orleans Marathon in Louisiana is a great way to explore unique and historic parts of the city while also indulging a love for running. Race options for this marathon event are varied and provide beginners and advanced runners an opportunity to challenge themselves. Teens, adults, and seniors can participate in this unique and exciting race event that weaves through some of New Orleans most famous streets.

A marathon, half marathon, and a half marathon relay are even options that are open to runners during the New Orleans Marathon. The running course will take runners past Loyola University, through portions of the French Quarter, down LeLong Drive near the New Orleans Art Museum and by the WWII Museum. In addition to running through these scenic and historic sites, participants will also see the French Market, City Park, Audubon Park, and Roosevelt Mall.

Throughout the varied courses, there are many other sites that runners will be able to see as they participate in the races. Running over the Bridge at Bayou St. John and through Paris Avenue will thrill people who participate in the race. New Orleans is rich with heritage and architecture and provides the perfect setting for an eventful and scenic marathon.

People who have not participated in many long races may find that the half marathon relay is a perfect way to get involved in the event and to test personal speed levels. While the Marathon is a friendly competition, awards are given to top performers and people are encouraged to challenge themselves when participating in the race.

Because of the lively nature of the marathon, live music and festive entertainment will be at hand to entertain runners, crowds, and volunteers. Multiple volunteer positions are available for individuals who are interested in helping out with making the event a successful one. Vendors selling deli sandwiches, cold drinks, and authentic Bayou food will be on hand to appease appetites and to give people a delectable sample of Southern Louisiana-style food.

The live bands are scattered throughout the course in a unique fashion. The bands serve as entertainment and motivation to the runners and to the crowds alike. Participation perks for runners include official race finisher certificates, swag bag, participation t-shirts and free entry into the finish line festival and entertainment events.

While race registrations may not be made over the phone, contestants can sign up on race day or they can also sign up online prior to the event. Shuttle buses are available to transport people from local hotels and inns to the starting point of the race. Contestants are encouraged to show up an hour and a half prior to the start of the races in order to obtain their participation bag and instructions for the course.