5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Uptown Classic 5K & Family Fun Run
    The 5K race takes place in Audubon Park and also consists of a half mile family fun run. Fun for the all ages, the race also features a family registration discount. The half mile run starts at 8:30 a.m. with the 5K beginning at 8:45 a.m. Includes chip timing and pre-registered participants receive a t-shirt.
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    New Orleans 18 February 2018 NOLA Running
    2018 Brother Eldon 5K
    An inexpensive 5K that also includes a 1 mile run or walk. The 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration for adults costs $25, with discounts for students.
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    Baton Rouge 24 February 2018 Catholic High
    Ruby Slipper 5K & Youth Run
    This year is the 10 year anniversary of the Ruby Slipper Run. The top 500 5K finishers will receive a customized finishers medal. At the finish runners and walkers can enjoy food courtesy of the Ruby Slipper Cafe. Beer will also be served at the finish.
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    New Orleans 25 February 2018 NOLA Running
    New Orleans Foam Glow 5K
    A fun event for friends to take part in together. Cost is $20 until February 11th when the fee increases. Takes place in the evening so everyone can see the light that comes after being sprayed with glowing foam. Race begins at 6:30 p.m. Participants can choose to run or walk.
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    New Orleans 3 March 2018 Foam Glow
    Freret 5K
    The 5th iteration of this event includes a  5K and a half-mile run. The goal is to promote active living and family fitness. Entry gets participants a t-shirt, finish line refreshments, entertainment, and much more.
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    Baton Rouge 14 April 2018 JLNO
    The Color Run
    Wear a white t-shirt and expect to finish covered in colorful dust. The Color Run is a fun event to run with a friend. Participants can choose from different kits when registering to get their hands on an awesome unicorn race medal, lightning bolt t-shirt, and more.
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    Baton Rouge 14 April 2018 The Color Run
    Running of the Bears 5K Run/Walk
    The race takes place in Downtown Franklin at the Courthouse Square. Pre-register before April 18th to get your hands on a $5.00 discount and a guaranteed race shirt. Event is part of the Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival in Franklin.
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    Downtown Franklin 21 April 2018 bayoutechebearfest.org
    9th Annual Active For Autism 5K
    This 5K benefits families in the area and aims to raise awareness for autism. The race starts at 8 a.m. and participants can either run or walk the course.
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    Baton Rouge 5 May 2018 fhfbr.org
    The Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run 5K
    A 5K with a wonderful course that runs over the Huey P. Long Bridge. It's worth running just to get a look at the views from the bridge. At the finish, runners get entertainment and yummy food. Race day fee is $45 so register early to get a significant discount. A great mother's day race to run with any mom in your life.
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    Bridge City 12 May 2018 Huey P Run
    Santa’s Hot Chocolate Run
    If you're the kind of runner who tries to stay active even in the off-season, why not get festive with a holiday themed 5K event that takes place in Lake Charles. Hosted by the Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana.
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    Lake Charles 1 December 2018 Literacy SW LA

    About 5k races

    A 5k is the shortest of the common running event distances researched on Runnerclick, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and new-comers as well.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in Louisiana? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks in New Orleans?

    There are many to choose from here as New Orleans is host to many 5k races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include the New Orleans Foam Glow 5K and the Ruby Slipper 5K.

    What are the best 5Ks in New Orleans?

    Baton Rouge is host to many 5K races, including the Active for Autism 5K, the Freret 5K, and The Color Run.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Mardi Gras Mambo
    The Mardis Gras themed event includes 10K and 15K routes.  For younger participants, there's also a 1 mile fun run. The fun run starts at 8:00 a.m. while the longer distance events begin a half hour later. Post-race a host of vendors will be on site with a variety of food and refreshments.
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    Baton Rouge 17 February 2018 Run Mambo
    The Pie Run
    Mmmmmm pie. Hungry? You will be after this 10K event. Participants can also run the 5K or the 1/2 mile run. Takes place at Southfield School and there's a reason it's called the Pie run. At the finish, runners get served up some delicious strawberry pie! Proceeds go to Southfield School.
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    Shreveport 24 February 2018 Run Signup
    Red River Run
    Race takes place in Big Island park and begins at 8:00 a.m. This year is the 20th iteration of the 10K. A new event has also been included for 2018, a 1 mile event that encourages participants to run with their dogs. All doggie finishers get a tasty treat. The 10K course is perfect for a PR and is USATF certified. If you finish in the top 50 you'll get a special race mug as a gift.
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    Alexandria 10 March 2018 Red River Run
    Shamrock Run
    For those who want to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with some physical activity, the Shamrock Run includes a 5K, 10K, and 1 mile fun run. Takes place at the city's University campus the run also includes a fun costume contest. Runners can also try to 'Outrun the Leprechaun'. 5 and 10K races begin at 8:30 a.m. All the proceeds will be given to local charities.
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    Hammond 10 March 2018 Hammond Rotary
    Warrior Run
    Includes a 5K and 10K event, walkers are welcome. Takes place in Veterans Park the event proceeds go to local Veterans in Shreveport. Awards will go to overall winners and top age group finishers. 10K participants will run the 3.1 mile course twice.
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    Shreveport 24 March 2018 Run Signup
    Run to the Cross
    Runners or walkers can choose to participant in either a 5K or 10K event. Both races begin at 8:15 a.m. and at the finish there will be food and refreshments. The course features gentle rolling hills so expect a bit of a challenge.
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    Calhoun 24 March 2018 Active
    Crescent City Classic 10K
    A 10K with a bit of history. This year is the 40th edition of the CCC 10K. Runners and walkers are welcome to the race that starts in Downtown NOLA. You can't register on race day so make sure to pre-register. The race includes chip timing and finishers get a medal.
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    New Orleans 31 March 2018 Crescent City Classic 10K
    Lighthouse Run
    A fall race where participants can run or walk the challenging course. Why is it a tough course? It's entirely run on sand! The race is an evening race so it starts at 4:30 p.m. All proceed go to the Cameron Preservation Alliance. Instead of a t-shirt, participants will get a beach towel, perfectly fitting for an event run on the beach. Age group and overall awards will be handed out as well.
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    Cameron 20 October 2018 runsignup.com/Race/LA/Cameron/LighthouseRun?aflt_token=vkmwDmweQ4iCYn8otSOOnKQ3vCO8buOw
    Cajun Country Run
    One of the oldest race events in the area. Courses at USATF certified and take place on trails. Top three male and female finishers will receive unique alligator head trophies. All participants get finishers medals, too. Participants can also opt to try their hand at finishing the race dressed as Santa. Judges will be on hand to make the hard decision of who is the best dressed Santa Claus.
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    Acadiana Park 8 December 2018 Cajun Country Run

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in Louisiana? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks in Louisiana?

    There are many to choose from here as Louisiana is host to many 10k races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  In Baton Rouge you can run the Mardi Gras 10K, while the Cajun Country Run takes place in Acadiana Park. There are many more 10Ks to run in Lousiana, so you are sure to find one you enjoy.

     

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Humana Rock ’N’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon
    Part of the well-known Rock N' Roll race series, this event brings some NOLA flavor to the half marathon distance. Music, a flat course, and a beautiful route through New Orleans make this a perfect destination race. The half-marathon takes place on Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
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    New Orleans 4 March 2018 Run Rock N' Roll
    Amazing Half Marathon
    The half-marathon event begins at 7:00 a.m. at the North Boulevard Town Square. Walkers are welcome thanks to a 4 hour course time limit. Plenty of aid stations will be available for participants and participants can even run or walk with a stroller. The event weekend also includes a 5K, 10K, and various kids races.
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    Baton Rouge 11 March 2018 Amazing Half
    Heels Up Half
    The half-marathon event can be run solo or as part of a relay team. The race start is at 7:30 a.m. and features a time limit of 3.5 hours. Racers will be chip timed and finishers will receive participant medals.
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    South Shreveport 17 March 2018 The Hub Ministry
    Q50 Sunset Gulf Half Marathon
    Runners can choose to do the full half-marathon or run the 6.5 mile course. Expect a bit of a challenge since the route is run on packed sand. The out-and-back course begins and ends at Grand Isle State Park beach. The half-marathon begins at 5:00 p.m. Participants are warned that they must bring their own water bottle or vessel to be able to drink from the aid stations.
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    Grand Isle State Park 24 March 2018 Q50 Races
    Best Damn Race Half Marathon
    The Half-Marathon starts at 7:15 a.m. Participants get a t-shirt, a medal when they finish, and free refreshments at the finish line. There is also a 5K event taking place the same day. The time limit for the half is 3.5 hours.
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    New Orleans 25 March 2018 Best Damn Race
    Heroes Run Half Marathon
    The race proceeds go to benefit local heroes (e.g. first responders and military heroes). The October takes place at the Shreveport Convention Center and begins at 7:30 a.m. The course is a looped route that weaves through the downtown area. Finishers get a medal and get entry into the post-race party, which includes food, refreshments, and beer.
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    Shreveport 27 October 2018 Bg Racing
    Big Easy Running Festival Half Marathon
    Half Marathon that finishes right by the NOLA Museum of Art. Post-race party includes entertainment, refreshments, and alcoholic beverages for those of drinking age. The perfect half if you want to explore NOLA on the run.
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    New Orleans 17 November 2018 Big Easy Run Fest

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Lousiana? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in Louisiana?

    There are many to choose from in Louisiana, as it is host to many Half Marathon races throughout it's many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events include the Big Easy Running Festival Half Marathon in New Orleans, the Amazing Half Marathon in Baton Rouge, and the Heels Up Half in Shreveport.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Humana Rock ’N’ Roll New Orleans Marathon
    Part of the well-known Rock N' Roll race series, this event brings some NOLA flavor to the marathon distance. Music, a flat course, and a beautiful route through New Orleans make this a perfect destination race. The Marathon takes place on Sunday at 7:30 a.m.
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    New Orleans 4 March 2018 Run Rock N' Roll
    Lafayette General Zydeco Marathon
    This Marathon features a USATF certified course and runners can choose to participate in the full as a relay team of  4. Racers will be chip timed and will have access to a gear check area. Pacers will be available, as well. The Marathon includes 451 feet of elevation gain through a scenic course. Finishers get a medal and will arrive to the sound of live music at the finish.
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    Lafayette 4 March 2018 Zydeco Marathon
    3rd Annual Cotton Land Marathon
    The 3rd edition of this marathon features a gorgeous looped route that runners will have to run twice. The route is USTAF Certified and for those who have their eye on Boston, it's a qualifying race. The Marathon starts at 7:30 a.m. in Kiroli Park.
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    West Monroe 11 November 2018 Event Brite
    Louisiana Marathon
    Plan your 2019 race calendar right now and sign up for the Louisiana Marathon. The race sells out quickly every year and is popular thanks to its bright and eventful atmosphere. Runners get a shirt, goodie bag, race medal and access to food and beer at the finish. Not ready for the full marathon just yet? The weekend includes a half marathon, 10K, and 5K, too.
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    Baton Rouge 20 January 2019 The Louisiana Marathon

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and most long distance runners subscribe to this distance.  In 2017 there are currently more than 800 running events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Lousiana? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is. Many runners also expressed interest in the "goodies" and sponsorship gifts at the finishline. This can vary from running shoes to resistance bands, headphones and much more.

    What are the best Marathons in Louisiana?

    There are many to choose from here as the state of Louisiana is host to many Marathon races throughout it's many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Marathon running events include the Louisiana Marathon in Baton Rouge, the Cotton Land Marathon in West Monroe, and the Lafayette General Zydeco Marathon in Lafayette.

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  • Ultra Races
    Name City Date Website
    Red Dirt Ultra
    This trail ultra offers 50K, 100K, and 100 mile race distances. The beautiful area will have participants wanting to stay longer post-race to visit and enjoy what Natchitoches has to offer. The 100 mile and 100 K begin at 6:00 a.m. and the 50K at 7 a.m. Pacers are allowed for the 100K and 100 mile. Expect a challenging but beautiful course with a few stream crossings. The course is a 50K loop so 100K and 100 mile participants will be doing multiple loops to finish. Headphones are allowed for this race since the trail is not single track, but race organizers urge runners to keep the volume low.
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    Kisatchie National Forest 2 February 2019 Red Dirt Ultra
    Beast for a Day Ultras
    Not sure how far you want to run? Want to test your mettle and see what you're made of? Choose from 12, 6, or 3 hour events. Runners can also just choose to run the 5.62 mile loop once. The hilly course features technical trail and will feature a fully stocked start/finish aid station and an unmanned hydration station midway through. Finishers get a snuggly soft t-shirt to wear post-race. Runners can choose to pitch a tent near the start and camp out.
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    St. Francisville 5 May 2018 Ultra Signup
    Children of the Cane 100
    The course runs through sugar plantations and offers 50K, 100K or 100 mile events. The creepy name might scare you away but let's face it, if you're brave enough to run this long, you can handle some spookiness. 50K runners have a 12 hour time limit, 100K-ers get 20 hours to finish and 100 milers have to be done in 30 hours. Pacers are only allowed for the 100 mile event after a certain point.Camping is available for participants for a small charge. The course is flat but not easy! Don't be fooled!
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    Port Allen 6 October 2018 Ultra Signup
  • Other Races to Consider
    Name City Date Website
    Just for Miles 3-Day Triathlon & Relay
    This event benefits the local YMCA and features a bevy of triathlon event options. Choose from a Half Ironman, Olympic Distance Triathlon, and more. Participants can even choose to do one leg of any event. There's something for everyone. Takes place at the BHP Billiton YMCA. Participants can also sign up as a relay team.
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    Shreveport 9 March 2018 Run Signup
    Tough Mudder
    If you don't mind getting a little dirty, consider challenging yourself to a Tough Mudder race. The NOLA race consists of a 10 mile course with more than 20 challenging obstacles. This isn't a race for the faint of heart. Finishers get a medal, headband, and the most well deserved beer they'll likely ever have.
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    New Orleans 17 March 2018 Tough Mudder
    Chicot Challenge 100 Mile Relay
    Not sure about taking on a 100 mile on your own? Thankfully, there's the Chicot Challenge. This event is all about relay teams! Choose 1 or more buddies to take part in the relay with you in Chicot State Park. Enjoy the scenery as you run like the wind through the forest and even through swampy areas.
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    Chicot State Park 24 March 2018 Chicot Challenge
    BackRoads & Bayous Cross Country Trail Run
    A trail run where runners can choose from a 10 mile, 3 mile or 1 mile run. Takes place at Lynn Farms in Gilliam. This is the fourth edition of the race. The 10 and 3 mile races begin at 8:00 a.m. Register early to ensure you are allotted a t-shirt. Finishers also get food and drink post-finish.
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    Gilliam 24 March 2018 Run Signup
    New Roads Pecan Classic 4 Mile & 1 Mile Run
    A 4 miler that offers participants a scenic route. There's also a 1 mile fun run where pets are allowed (leashed). The 4 miler begins at 9:15 a.m. The race is part of a larger festival so if you have family who want to come and watch, they'll need to purchase a wristband. You can buy them a spectator pass upon registration.
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    New Roads 21 April 2018 Run Signup
    Cinco de Trio Louisiana Triathlon
    800 mile swim, 18 mile bike ride, and 5K run. Sign-up quick for this triathlon since it usually sells out quickly. Race day is Saturday and the event begins at 7:30 a.m. Six swim waves will enter the water with a cut-off of 8:15 a.m. for the swim. The bike route is an out-and-back and the run is a 5K loop. Various awards will be available including awards for the duathlon and beginner participants.
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    False River 5 May 2018 Louisiana Tri
    Soleman Triathlon
    Inclues a 640 meter swim in open water, 19.3 bike ride, and a 5K run on trails. Begins at 7:00 a.m. Participants can also choose to bike & run the duathlon, instead and skip the swim.
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    Sunshine 12 May 2018 IM Athlete
    Celebration in the Oaks 2 Mile Run/Walk
    Enjoy a quick 2 mile run through New Orleans City Park during the holiday season. The event takes place during the Oak Light Display where runners and walkers can look in awe at the 500,000 lights on display. Plenty of activities mean the event is a great choice for families. Strollers are allowed and participants get free entry to the Botanical Garden. Race begins at 3:00 p.m.
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    New Orleans 8 December 2018

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