The Louisiana Marathon weekend kicks off Friday with fitness expo

Runners getting ready for The Louisiana Marathon

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Marathon has a lot of lagniappe in store for the thousands of runners participating in the multi-race event and plenty of fun for family and friends cheering them on.

“When we started the idea was let’s start an event that has all these different facets of it, different points of entry for anybody who would want to run,” said Pat Fellows, co-founder of The Louisiana Marathon. “What we wanted to do is make it fun and put on a great after party, and then also mimic some of the other big races in the country."

The Louisiana Marathon

The Louisiana Marathon is one big party with at least five bands and more than 20 restaurants ready to serve you.

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The 8th annual Louisiana Marathon happening Friday, January 18 through Sunday, January 20 includes a fitness expo, food festival and all the live music needed to get your mind off the miles.

Runners have five distance options to choose from with race routes going through downtown Baton Rouge, local neighborhoods, and LSU’s campus.

2019 LOUISIANA MARATHON

  • 26.2 Mile Marathon – Sunday at 7 a.m.
  • 13.1 Mile Half Marathon – Sunday at 7 a.m.
  • 6.55 Quarter Marathon 10K – Saturday at 8 a.m.
  • 3.1 Miles 5K – Saturday at 8 a.m.
  • 1.2 Mile Kids Marathon – Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

At the end of each race, runners can meet up with their family for a bit of Louisiana culture, music and food.

PARKING

Baton Rouge Police will be strictly enforcing parking rules marathon weekend. According to a post on the BRPD Facebook page, officers tow vehicles that are parked on 4th Street, North Boulevard, and Park Boulevard. Towing will begin 4:00 a.m. Saturday and again 4:00 a.m. Sunday.

“If you’re not running, be patient because there is some traffic associated with it,” said Fellows.

He said to expect about an hour and a half of heavy impact traffic near LSU on race day, adding that the heaviest crossing area will be the intersection at Acadian and Broussard, as well as Claycut.

The three-day event officially kicks off Friday, January 18 with a health and fitness expo inside Raising Cane’s River Center on the first floor in the main exhibition hall.

The SHIPT Louisiana Marathon Expo is the official start to the running festival, opening at 11 a.m. Friday. It’s also where runners will pick up their packets or sign-up as a late registrant. The first night of the expo will close in true Louisiana style with a second line.

The expo also includes a meet and greet with Des Linden, the 2018 winner of the Boston Marathon.

The expo is free and open to the public.

FINISH FEST

Race participants will cross the finish line near the State Capitol Park to a celebration at the Finish Festival, which is also open to the public. Finish Festival features Louisiana food and a variety of local music.

A TASTE OF LOUISIANA

The Food Village at the Finish Festival has something for everyone. Local favorites like Jambalaya, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Butternut Squash and Shrimp Bisque, Crawfish Étouffée, Red Beans and Rice, and Crawfish Mac and Cheese.

For access to food and beverages, you must have tickets, specific to that race-day.

Additional Taste Tour Tickets can be purchased at the EXPO in the retail area and at the Finish Festival in the gear shop area. Each ticket is good for one beverage or one taste of food. Tickets are $3 each.

LIVE MUSIC

Kick off those running shoes and enjoy your Louisiana cuisine along with the music. The Finish Festival has live music lined up on both festival days. Click here for a look at the 2019 musical lineup.

Download the official race weekend app to have easy access to the event schedule, course map and live tracking of athletes.

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