This is part of a series of posts from my quest to run a half marathon in all 50 states. Louisiana was my 17th state.
If you’re looking for a flat half marathon in December with temperatures relatively warm compared to much of the United States, and you can tack on a vacation afterwards for an unforgettable racecation, look no further than the Ole Man River Half Marathon. I had never been to New Orleans when I signed up for the 2009 Ole Man River Half Marathon, but I was very much looking forward to spending some time there before and after the race.
The race wasn’t quite as fun as I had hoped but it wasn’t bad. Much of the course was on top of the levee overlooking the Mississippi River, looping through City Park, and it was about as flat as races come. The shirts we got at packet pickup were long-sleeve cotton.
An 8 am start was fine given the cooler temperatures in December. It was in the upper 40’s at the start and only reached the lower 50’s for the highs that day. There were absolutely no locals out cheering along the course but there were plenty of volunteers at the aid stations and they did a good job.
We finished on the track at Tad Gormley stadium, which was fun. The finisher medals were decent, and they matched the race shirts. There was plenty of food and water at the finish. My finish time was 2:07:02.
New Orleans is such a unique city full of character and not like any other place in the world. I was there with my husband and young daughter and we had a blast, even on the day when it was drizzling and quite chilly and we were wandering around the streets trying to find a bakery. We obviously weren’t partying on Bourbon Street but I found New Orleans to be a city that I will never forget.
Verdict: this is a good half marathon to run in December to escape the cold weather from northern states. Grab a beignet from Cafe Du Monde for me if you go!