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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ole Man River half marthon race review

Ole Man River half marathon race review
There are now three half-marathons in New Orleans each year (the others are the Jazz half and the Mardi Gras marathon half) but this one is the oldest.
Me passing an ole man during the Ole Man. Hahaha.

The good: Fast, flat course in city park - scenic and easy - and typically the weather is nice at this time of year. The price is fantastic: $45 with our discount - and includes a long-sleeved tech T, a medal, and a pancake breakfast. You can pick your packet up ahead of time or race morning, but sizes aren't guaranteed if you pick up late.
The bad: No bad with this race. I do prefer the Jazz half if choosing amongst local races, only because the course is a little more interesting and spectator friendly. But I will absolutely run this one again.
The good-to-know: Parking is easy. Finish early before they run out of donuts. Prizes are 1st-3rd overall, 1st masters/grandmasters, and seniors, first five heavyweight division (?!?!) and age group 1st and 2nd. Cash prizes.


  1. Hmmmmmh, I wonder if your could pass THIS old man? Come to San Diego and give it a go :-)

  2. Is the Jazz Half during Jazz Fest??? I have done the Bubba Gump 5k twice in NOLA and really liked it. I think having a heavyweight (or clydesdale/athena) is bizarre. I know people enter themselves in it, so they must not mind it, but I can't imagine getting the first place for the heavies. I'd rather skip the prize for that.

  3. Linds, the Jazz Half is actually Halloween weekend. I've never run the Bubba Gump because I don't like to do 5ks!

  4. I wish I could have squeezed this into my schedule, but by the time I had A's trip to Texas finalized it was too expensive to fly there. I am still undecided on my LA race :D