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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, March 4, 2018
2017: Sunday, February 5, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 60°F (15°C)
Average High: 69°F (20°C)
Average Low: 51° F (10°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.34
Course Score: 99.84

Race Size

2017: 2,825 Finishers
2016: 3,625 Finishers
2015: 2,353 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 5.2%
2016: 5.8%
2015: 6.4%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon course is very flat with less than 20 feet separating the high and low points.


Marathon Rankings

The Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon was the 22nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 38th largest in 2015.

This year 5.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon the 364th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 176th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 99.84 ranks it as the 40th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 1st fastest course in Louisiana.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon a PR Score of 99.34. This PR Score ranks it as the 81st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 1st fastest in Louisiana.

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Recent Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon Reviews

4.9 Stars from 7 Reviews
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review of 2017 Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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.

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review of 2017 Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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.

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review of 2017 Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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.

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

Stay in the French Quarter and check your bags there. They close the drop bag station really early and it had me running back to my hotel and racing to the start line.



review of 2017 Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Far more half marathoners than full. Little support after mile 13. Miles were poorly marked. Few spectators. However, the people at the finish line were incredible.

Race Tips

The streets are really in bad shape. A person who had run the race the previous year told me to watch my step because of the poor streets. I saw several people take bad falls. Be careful when running.

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

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



review of 2017 Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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.

Race Tips

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.

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