Signing up for a race is a huge commitment for many people, and it can be difficult to find the perfect one. Whether its for charity, for fun, or has been an exercise goal that you’ve been working toward, it’s important to find the race that’s right for you. While many races can be mundane and boring, some good scenery and a reward to work for can make it feel like nothing. From crawfish to beer to one of our best-known dance krewes, New Orleans knows how to throw an after-party. Check out this list of NOLA races with beautiful views and awesome post-race celebrations.
Smoothie King Big Easy Running Festival – Saturday, November 21st, 2015
There is something for everyone at this running festival, with every distance ranging from a 1-mile fun run to a full marathon available for sign-ups. The full marathon will take you through the entire city, from the Crescent City Connection bridge, through the Central Business District and Bayou St. John, across Champions Square, and finishing at Smoothie King Center. Ending with New Orleans’ high-energy, all-male dance crew, the 610 Stompers, this is a fun race for beginning and advanced runners alike.
2015 Freedom Run – Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Starting and finishing at the corner of Julia St. and Baronne St., this beginner’s run gives entrants a choice between a 1-miler or a 5k. With registration discounts for active military, the Freedom Run donates portions of its proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that aims to raise awareness about and provide assistance to injured service members. This race ends with a party of beer, music, and food, as well as a grand prize drawing for a casino weekend in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon – Sunday, February 28th, 2016
New Orleans’ most famous marathon, Rock n’ Roll attracts runners and rock n’ roll lovers from all over the country. The two days leading up to the race include an expo with exhibitors showing off the latest in running and sports gear and nutritional information. On the day of, every mile of the course includes live bands performing alternative, classic, and punk rock, as well as blues, jazz, and soul. Runners can choose between a 10k, half-marathon, and full marathon. Ending with a live concert by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, this race is unlike any other.
Louisiana Blue Crab Run – Saturday, April 16th, 2016
Held in Kenner, LA, just a 20-minute drive outside of New Orleans, the Blue Crab run falls right smack in the middle of crawfish and crab season, ensuring a delicious post-run meal for all guests and participants. Not to mention, this race allows for a little sleeping in. Offering a 1-mile fun run and a 5k, the Blue Crab Run starts at 10 am, with award ceremonies and a crawfish boil beginning at 11.
Great Amazing Race - Saturday, December 26th, 2015
This adventure race is great for the whole family, and while it may not be a marathon or a half-marathon, don't underestimate this course. Teams of two are required to finish a 1-mile course comprised of eight obstacles, and the fastest teams move on to compete for the national title and a chance to win $1200! A little farther outside of New Orleans in Mandeville, this race is worth the drive. Face painting, snacks, and participation awards wait for you at the finish line, making this event kid- and adult-friendly.
Finishing a race is one of the most rewarding feelings, and one of the best reasons we can think of to treat yourself to whatever your indulgence of choice. So get signed up and get training, we know you won't regret it!