Inaugural 2012 Louisiana Marathon

20 Jan

*WHEW*

The inaugural Louisiana Marathon was last weekend and everything seemed to go off without a hitch. Race directors, committee members, and volunteers worked tirelessly for over a year to help bring this first-class event to Louisiana. I could not be prouder to have served on the committee for this race and I am super, crazy excited about next year! I will be posting a video soon about what the Louisiana Marathon meant to me on a personal level soon, but if you are wondering how it all went, check out this recap I wrote for nola.com/running!

If you are seeking a destination race or if you are a Marathon Maniac or Half Fanatic, I seriously urge you to consider adding this race to your bucket list. I am not just saying that because of my involvement with this race. I am suggesting it as a fellow runner. In fact, I ran it too.ย  Do it…you will not regret it!

2012 Louisiana Marathon

History was made in Baton Rouge last weekend with the running of the inaugural Louisiana Marathon. Drawing over 2,800 runners from 46 states and 12 countries, the Louisiana Marathon presented runners with Louisiana’s first multi-format race.

In creating the event, Race Director Craig Sweeney made sure to present a race that runners of all levels could participate in. The Louisiana Marathon featured a 5k, Half Marathon, Marathon, and Marathon Relay, allowing it to seem approachable for runners of every ability, from seasoned runners to newbies.

Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Half Marathon Series

Everything about the Louisiana Marathon dripped with our rich culture and history. The scenic route of the course took runners through downtown, around the LSU lakes and LSU campus, and through Mid-City with the start and finish line near the State Capital. For 26.2 miles, runners were greeted with warms smiles and signs of encouragement from volunteers at water stations and supporters who camped out along the route. At the finish line, runners were awarded with a beautiful medal (which happens to double as a bottle opener!), delicious food, and incredible music from New Orleans locals, the Bucktown All-Stars!

Runners could not have asked for more perfect weather on race day. Cloudless skies and temperatures in the mid-40s made for an ideal start at 7:00AM. The mild elevation of the course allowed runners to race hard and fast around the Capital City. For the runner looking to set a PR, this seemed to be the perfect event.

Photo courtesy of The Lousiana Marathon Company

Top finishers in the race posted some incredible times. For the marathon, Baton Rouge native, Matt Manning, was the first-place finisher with an impressive time of 02:33:42. Karen Meraw, hailing from Detriot, MI was the first female finisher at 2:58:54, pulling in 7th place overall. For the half marathon, the top male award went to Jonathan Granger of New Iberia with a powerful time of 01:17:45 and the top female award went to Kelly Nicholas of New Orleans with a time of 01:29:52.

For an inaugural race, the Louisiana Marathon was extremely well executed and clearly surpassed everyone’s expectations. Don’t believe me? Just check out the comments left on the Louisiana Marathon facebook page. Compliments abound and many out-of-towners and Marathon Maniacs have said they eagerly anticipate returning next year! But don’t think for one second that all of this great response means that race directors plan to sit back and relax.

“Based on the feedback, we plan to fine tune what worked and overhaul things that we need to in order to make adjustments regarding the course. The goal is to make everything tighter, more defined, and even better for next year,” says Sweeney. The 2013 Louisiana Marathon is already in the works and over 330 runners have already registered for next year’s race! There is no doubt that an event of this caliber will grow and continue to attract runners from all over the world. The Louisiana Marathon has put our state on the map for the running community and for making strides to promote healthier lifestyles!

For more information on the race and to register for next year, be sure and check out www.thelouisianamarathon.com.

Complete race results can be found at www.thelouisianamarathon.com/race-results/.

To see photos from the Louisiana Marathon, check out www.sportphoto.com.

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8 Responses to “Inaugural 2012 Louisiana Marathon”

  1. Pam January 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM #

    Hey new mama!! I stumbled upon your blog (literally… from stumbleupon haha) and cant wait to read through it!!!! I’m adding you to my favorite running blogs on pinterest and also wanted to invite you to join Moms RUN This Town ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s free… and since you are a new mom and all you fit right in ๐Ÿ˜‰ facebook.com/momsrunthistown – anyway love your blog so far and can’t wait to read more! Congrats on the new bean!!

    • Pam January 22, 2012 at 10:15 AM #

      Oh – and your blog name kinda mirrors Moms RUN This Town so I just think you should be a part ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • katieRUNSthis January 25, 2012 at 9:57 AM #

      Hi there! I’m so glad you found me! WELCOME! Thanks for adding me to your faves and to your Pinterest! I still haven’t jumped on the bandwagon with Pinterest, but I suppose I should. ๐Ÿ™‚ Feel free to share katieRUNSthis with your friends! I will absolutely join your facebook group! How fun!

  2. Ann January 22, 2012 at 6:11 PM #

    Wow – sounds like a VERY successful inaugural marathon!

  3. Ara January 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM #

    Sounds like a great race! I, like alot of others, would love to run a marathon and 1/2 marathon in each state. When I can afford it, I’ll definitely be there.

    • katieRUNSthis January 25, 2012 at 9:54 AM #

      I’m with you! Being a 50-state runner takes some serious cash flow! I hope to get there one day, but it is definitely a goal down the road.

  4. Carlee January 23, 2012 at 6:28 AM #

    Really interesting to hear about a marathon this way. Sounds like it was an awesome inaugural one!

  5. lifeisarun February 13, 2012 at 1:30 PM #

    We are I think 98% on board for running this in 2013! I have the strong urge to drive us from Texas to Louisiana for a race and we really want to get marathon 2 in! I came back to this post because I thought you had volunteered with it and wanted to re-read your recap of that weekend. Having someone whose blog you follow talk about it just makes it that much more of a race you want to do.

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