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Louisiana Marathon

Baton Rouge, LA

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, January 15, 2017
2016: Sunday, January 17, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Mostly Flat
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 52°F (11°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 41° F (5°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.32
Course Score: 99.32

Race Size

2016: 1,134 Finishers
2015: 1,277 Finishers
2014: 1,476 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 8.5%
2015: 11.3%
2014: 8.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Louisiana Marathon course is very flat with only about 40 feet separating the high and low points on the course. Race time temperatures are typically in the mid-50s with high humidity levels.

Marathon Rankings

The Louisiana Marathon was the 74th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 72nd largest in 2014.

This year 8.5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 11.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Louisiana Marathon the 150th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 221st highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 99.32 ranks it as the 123rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Louisiana.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Louisiana Marathon a PR Score of 99.32. This PR Score ranks it as the 83rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Louisiana.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 57 feet (17m)
Min Elevation: 21 feet (6m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Louisiana Marathon

5 Stars from 2 Reviews

review of 2016 Louisiana Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well administered, best manned aid stations, excellent after party, nice weather, good location. Was a little disappointed in the expo but other than that this is an excellent race.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

review of 2012 Louisiana Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


A nice mid-sized (900 full, 1800 half) race. In only its second year it is well organized. Abundant water stops and on course port-a-potties. First half is very nice running thru LSU campus, some pretty parks and often running along water. The second half is more boring. A long out and back and run through repetitive neighborhoods. Some very bad roads the first 2 miles or so (I saw 3 folks fall) but after that fine.

Race Tips

It is a very flat course. A few overpasses mainly in the early miles (although one at mile 25) but otherwise flat. In 2013 we had great weather. 40ish at the 7:00 start and 50's at 11:00. Lots of water stops (all had poweraid) and lots of gel handouts too. For a race in its second year the fan turnout was impressive.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I stayed at a motel 6 about 10 minutes from the start line. I arrived about an hour early and easily found parking. Also even 20 minutes before the start I was able to quickly use the port-a-potty.

Finish Time Equivalent

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