La. Marathon participants don’t walk away empty handed, despite race cancellation

La. Marathon runners rained on, but not out

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Easily one of the most talked about multi-race events in the capital city is the Louisiana Marathon Weekend.

“We kind of stay in training mode which is really important for us. We love to do colors, represent the nation and the national anthem,” says Elena Brazaru, President of Team Red, White, and Blue.

She says their group participates in races across the state.

Whether you planned to run or walk the Quarter Marathon, 5k or the Marathon, quite a bit of preparation goes into getting ready. But what runners and directors of the race can’t prepare for or avoid; the weather.

“We never want to do this,” says Jonathan Dziuba, Race Director for the Louisiana Marathon Weekend. “Some people question why we wait so long and it's because we want to have the race.”

The threat of strong storms passing through Baton Rouge Saturday morning put a damper on the run. The director of the race says hour by hour advice was provided by meteorologists.

Dzibua says knowing harsh rain and lightning was near the event site, they were forced to cancel both races for Saturday morning.

Some 3,000 people were expected to race to the finish, organizers say.

“We're following our protocols. Because we have those, the emotions have to get put aside and we do what we know is right and safe and that's what we did this morning,” Dzibua says.

But it’s the optimism of the participants who still walked away with medals that made a gloomy day shine brighter

“It happens,” Cooks says. “What can you do about the weather?”

“Every time I do a race, they will actually do a second medal out of courtesy. I run for those that can’t run. So, I still got a medal. This goes to my marine in New Roads, Louisiana,” says Elena Branzaru, Captain of Team Red, White, and Blue.

The day wasn’t a total loss, the younger runners still got a chance to compete in the Kids 1-mile run while subtly reminding adults what it means just to have fun.

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