This was a great race however the weather was hot and humid which affected the last part of the race. The after party was wonderful, aid stations well attended, cheer teams were awesome, and the entertainment was well spaced out on the course.
By MS about 2017
nice flat course. great as a first marathon. very crowded for the first half. most water stations only available on one side of the course. long lines at the porter potties. late start for the race. course itself was great. beautiful tour of the city.
By KS about 2017
It was an extremely fun race. They did a great job organizing waves of participants-- great spectator action along the course. Well stocked aid stations.
Everything was easy. Picking up my race number was easy. We stayed by the convention center, which was half a mile from the start area and quieter than downtown. There were plenty of buses to take you from the finish line to the start. They even allowed family members to ride the buses for free. Very nice
Rock n Roll race series knows how to put on an event
By DSB about 2017
The Rock and Roll race series definitely knows how to put on an event and the New Orleans Marathon was no exception. The Expo was well done with plenty of interesting and knowledgeable vendors to spend time with and pick their brains. The corral setup was smooth and actually ran quickly and efficiently, much better than I have experienced in the past with Rock and Roll events.
The course was staggeringly flat, almost to the point where the lack of topography was worse than having a few hills for variety. The first half of the race was quite interesting, through some historic neighborhoods and the French quarter. The half and full didn't split until after mile 12 so there was plenty of weaving in and out of crowds during the first half of the race. After the split, there was a massive decrease in the number of runners around me.
It seemed that this race had an even larger proportion of half marathoners than any race I've done in the past. This wasn't a big deal to me, but someone who isn't comfortable running by themselves might find this disconcerting to come so far into the run.
The biggest draw back to this race was the lack of spectators. While I don't need big crowds for motivation, it was oddly quiet for the vast majority of the run. I assume this was as a result of being New Orleans and early on a Sunday morning so shouldn't have been much of a surprise.
The back half of the marathon was not as interesting, a couple of out and backs through a park and along a lake front. It was nice, but without much spectator support it wasn't much different than a typical weekend long run.
By Anonymous about 2016
It was well-run, the music was fun & I liked seeing all the different parts of New Orleans.
It was a flatter course than I had been expecting.
I am SLOW runner. Because there were so many corrals, I didn't reach the start line until about 30 minutes after the starting gun. I got cold waiting that long. Also, I realized I probably didn't need to get so panicky about being "on time" to the start.