Early morning runners in the Louisiana Marathon




The Louisiana Marathon is more than a just race—it’s a festival, and a culturally rich one at that. Louisiana is well known for its festivals, where we celebrate with food, music and dancing. The Louisiana Marathon adds running to that mix for a truly unforgettable weekend featuring an incredible race course and a post-race party, Louisiana musicians, locally brewed craft beer and some of the best southern cuisine around.

The courses are flat, fast and festive paths that take runners from downtown, through the University Lakes, the Louisiana State University campus and through historic river town neighborhoods. Friends, family and curious spectators line up along the 26.2 picturesque miles of roadways filled with inspiring sights and sounds to cheer on the many that chose to run.

The race prides itself on the ability to infuse Louisiana culture into all elements of the race both as a celebration & introduction to the culture of Louisiana. From the cypress tree inspired logo to the incredible cuisine served at Finish Fest, the race showcases the best that Louisiana has to offer.



The Louisiana Marathon was established in 2012 in Baton Rouge, La., and is a multi-race format that has a distance for everyone. Participants can choose from the following races: The Louisiana Marathon, The Louisiana Half Marathon, The Louisiana Quarter Marathon, The Louisiana 5K, and The Louisiana Kids Marathon.


Finish Fest

The Finish Festival is open to the public and features mouth-watering Louisiana food and an eclectic variety of local music. Tens of thousands of runners, spectators, foodies and music lovers enjoy this two-day festival downtown.

The Finish Festival cranks up when runners participating in the Louisiana 5k, Quarter Marathon and Kids Marathon cross the finish line near the State Capitol Park on Saturday of The Louisiana Marathon.  The Finish Fest continues on Sunday, following the Louisiana Marathon and Half Marathon.


A Taste of Louisiana

The Louisiana Marathon Finish Festival showcases some the best cuisine around. Our restaurant partners work hard to make your mouth water with all of your favorite Louisiana dishes!  The Food Village at the Finish Festival has something for everyone. Local favorites like Jambalaya, Chicken and Sausage Gumbo, Butternut Squash and Shrimp Bisque, Crawfish étouffée, Cajun Sausage Poboy, Blackened Catfish Courtbouillon, Red Beans and Rice, and Crawfish Mac and Cheese are served at schedule times throughout the day.



Kick off those running shoes and enjoy your Louisiana cuisine along with the music like a true local. The Finish Festival will spotlight funky, eclectic Louisiana bands that attract visitors from around the globe year-round. The Finish Festival is proud to offer an incredible line up of outstanding local talent on both festival days. Like previous years, the festival anchors the experience and complements the course.




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