If you are running in the Louisiana Marathon, that means that you are running in one of the best races Louisiana offers! You may have spent months training and preparing for the race, but have you planned your time in the Capital City? Here are a few must-make stops in Baton Rouge.
Every runner knows the key to a great run is eating a delicious 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 Gino’s or Monjunis or try a more native dish like seafood or Cajun crawfish fettucine from Mike Anderson’s. After the race, indulge with food from local favorites like Elsie’s Plate and Pie, BLDG 5, or Curbside Burgers.
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. Or, stretch your legs by taking a riding tour of the city with Geaux Ride.
If you forgot any of your gear while packing, don’t fret! From boutiques to brand names, Baton Rouge is 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 great selection of running shoes. Red Stick Sports also has a wide variety of all your go-to running goods. If you are looking for adventure, stop by The Backpacker to fuel your next hiking or kayaking trip. For an indoor and outdoor shopping experience, visit Towne Center or the Mall of Louisiana with a variety of sports apparel and goods stores for you to peruse.