f you are running in the Louisiana Marathon, that means that you are running in one of the best festivals Louisiana offers! You may have spent months training and preparing for the race, but not enough time planning your time in the capital. No worries! Here are a few must-make stops in Baton Rouge for those who deserve a run-cation in the city.

 

EAT

Every runner knows the key to a great run is eating a beautiful carb-loaded meal to boost your energy. Luckily, Baton Rouge has a large array of restaurants to please any palette. Choose from a wide list of authentic pasta dishes at La Contea or try a more native dish like seafood or southwest pasta from Capital City Grill. After the race, enjoy food from the featured restaurants at the marathon’s Finish Fest.

 

TRAIN

Just because you’ve arrived in Baton Rouge, that doesn’t mean the training has to stop! Go for a run, a bike ride, or a stroll along the Baton Rouge lakes near LSU’s campus or along the levee for scenic views while you run. Both paths are around 4 miles long, making them the perfect locations for your morning or evening workout. For a cool-down, visit the LSU UREC Rental Center near the lakes to grab a kayak, a paddleboard, or a canoe!

 

SHOP

If you forgot any of your gear while packing since you were so excited for your trip to Baton Rouge, don’t fret! From boutiques to brand names, Baton Rouge is also a shopper’s paradise with a huge selection of stores to choose from. For all things running apparel, visit Varsity Sports on Perkins Road where you’ll find a selection of Altra Running shoes, an official sponsor of the marathon. For an indoor and outdoor shopping experience, visit Towne Center or the Mall of Louisiana with over 10 sports apparel and goods stores for you to peruse.

 

CELEBRATE

If you haven’t heard of Finish Festival, you are in for a treat. This two-day festival brings together runners, children, and fun-seekers alike for authentic Louisiana food and music to enjoy. With over 20 local restaurants and 5 eclectic Louisiana bands, you’re sure to have a hand-clapping and foot-stomping good time! After the festival, the fun doesn’t have to stop. With Baton Rouge being a hot-spot for nightlife activities, you’re sure to find a spot you’ll love. Visit https://bit.ly/2ExyzcE for a list of bars, clubs and restaurants.