Louisiana Sports Festival, a new outdoor multisport festival is coming to Baton Rouge on June 9 and 10 at BREC’s Farr Park.
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LOUISIANA SPORTS FESTIVAL
The two-day festival will include 10 sporting events, live music, and family-friendly activities.
“This is event is going to be something that’s never been done in Louisiana or anywhere that I know of. We are putting together all types of genres when it comes to races as far as biking, trail running, and adventure racing," said Dwayne LeGrand, co-founder of Louisiana Sports Festival.
"Our 5K Vanguard is very good for intermediate to experienced. Even if you’re a beginner and you want to come out, try it. We have guys that run with a lot of different groups that have never done any of this. Come out, support, and just give it a shot," LeGrand said.
Competitor Sonya Fountain is training to compete in the Women's Elite race at the Louisiana Sports Festival.
"It's a blast. I always tell people it's kind of a love-hate relationship. it can get hard at times, but it's so much fun and you make so many memories," said Fountain.
"It's a family. You meet people and people that love and do the same things as you. You create bonds and friendships and you find people to support you along your journey in times that, it's kind of hard," said Fountain.
Participants are encouraged to sign up soon as space is limited. Some entry fees increase on June 1. Entry fees vary depending on the race or obstacle for which you sign up.
For anyone just attending the festival, whether it's to cheer on an athlete, or listen to the live concerts, it's free to get inside the gates. There is a $10 fee for parking.
There will be activities for kids of all ages, such as inflatables, a rock wall, and an obstacle course.
There will also be an attempt to have the largest water balloon battle in Baton Rouge history. That’s happening both Saturday and Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The water balloon battle is free to the public and everyone ages 6 and up can participate.
"We’re going to have 5,000 balloons. It’s free for anyone who wants to come out and start whaling on people," said Legrand.
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