Inaugural Louisiana Marathon

20 Oct 2011 05:55
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Focus on a race Interview

Hello, on January 15, you’ll be organizing the Louisiana Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located?

The Louisiana Marathon will be held in Downtown Baton Rouge, LA.

This will be the inaugural race. Why was it created in the first place?

To encourage children and adults to be more active. The Louisiana Marathon is the first large multi-format race in Louisiana.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

Fast, flat, and runner-friendly. The Downtown Start/Finish brings you to the beautiful LSU Lakes, City Park, and historic neighborhoods. The Louisiana State Capitol building will provide the backdrop finish.

LSU Lakes
Credit : Dylan Stark
How many runners do you expect on Sunday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

We expect 3,000 runners on Sunday morning and 5,000 overall, from Boston Qualifiers to those just starting.

Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances?

Yes. We also organize a half-Marathon, a 2 & 4-person relays, a 5K, and a Rocketkidz Marathon.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?

Average temps are 40-60°F (4-16°C) with 8-10 MPH winds, 50-60% humidty, and 50% overcast skies.

Have you planned festivities around the marathon?

Yes. We will have a Finish Line Festival that offers a wonderful selection of Louisiana cuisine, beer garden, wine and music.

Louisiana marathon logo
Credit : Louisiana Marathon
The race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Baton Rouge before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

Schedule a Plantation Tour, visit the beautiful campus of LSU, the view from the top of the State Capitol Building is wonderful. Juban’s, Parrains, and Tsunami has fantastic views of the Mississippi River and blends Louisiana seafood into incredible sushi rolls.

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Louisiana Marathon?

If you are looking for great weather, a flat course, blended with southern hospitality at our Finish Line Festival, then come run The Louisiana Marathon.


Interview with Craig Sweeney, Race Director of The Louisiana Marathon. Born in Baton Rouge, Craig started as a volunteer with a triathlon.

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