13.1 Reasons We Are Excited About The Louisiana Marathon

1. Finish Line Festival
This is The LOUISIANA Marathon, so you know the food and beverages will be absolutely divine. Crawfish Etouffee, Shrimp and Grits, Cochon du Lait Po-Boys, Chicken Sausage Gumbo and many more options await you after the race. Cajun and Jazz music will also accompany the finish line festival during the day. Click here to read more!

2. Running for the Girls- Girls on the Run, that is.
The fundamental reason for running the half-marathon- to set an example for those young girls participating in Girls on the Run, and to hopefully to allow more girls to participate through our fundraising. We were able to witness their 5K accomplishment and now we follow through with our commitment. A very exciting moment for young girls and women in our community!

3. Expo
The Marathon Expo is the combination of a runner’s social network coming to life and a shopping mall for runners. Set aside at least an hour to enjoy everything it has to offer! The Louisiana Marathon has many exhibitors set up for the 2-day expo in the Belle of Baton Rouge. Click here for more information.

4. Pre-Race Jitters
Pre-race anxiousness is almost inevitable, but better to accept it now and embrace the excitement! Imagining lining up in the corrals before the race, hearing the gun to start the race, and you’re off! Your breakfast will probably also include a dose of adrenaline.

5. Passing By Our Very Own “Run Confidently” Water Stop on the Course
At Mile 1 a collection of volunteers, family and friends will cheer us on at the start of the race. Kappa Delta Sorority will be providing the theme to our water stop through the Confidence Coalition’s You Make Me Smile Campaign, “Run Confidently,” to show their support for Girls on the Run and SoleSisters of LSU.

6. Running with Friends
With so many different class and work schedules, it has been hard for everyone to train together. The Louisiana Marathon will be a great opportunity to participate in the half-marathon experience with our friends and celebrate at the finish line.

7. Putting That 13.1 Sticker on Our Cars Afterward
Some people might not know what 13.1 stands for, but runners do! It is a proud momento to always remind you of your accomplishment. (We might have special stickers for SoleSisters after the race… shh!)

8. Receiving the Race Medal
To many runners, the race medal can be an essential component in participating in a race. We hang them proudly on medal racks and sometimes frame them with our bib number. The Louisiana Marathon does a phenomenal job ensuring their medals are creative, and well worth the 13.1 miles!

9. Rising to the Challenge
Many said we were crazy, some said we couldn’t do it, but we rose to the challenge and said yes. Each and every SoleSister (and runner at the marathon!) should feel a great sense of accomplishment and pride for their efforts and sacrifice through their journey of training.

10. Running at “Home”
The Louisiana Marathon has a beautifully planned course set for race day. We are lucky to be running near our family and friends, and our favorite running routes in town. View the course map here.

11. Participating in Pre-Race Traditions and Superstitions
If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! Stretching in precise routine, wearing your lucky socks, or whatever it may be. We might have weird quirks, but it’s fun to be a runner!

12. Crossing “Half-Marathon” Off Our Bucket List
After months of training you can proudly cross off “Running a half-marathon” on your bucket list. A huge accomplishment!

13. Running in Pretty Weather (Finally!)
This rain in Louisiana has been dreary and not favorable running weather at all. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather on race day. Bring on the sunshine and crisp air!  But rain or shine, we have a finish line in our future.

13.1 The Final .1
You did it! The long training miles, the early nights of sleep, the sore muscles and a strong determination have all led you to this moment. In this final .1 of a mile, celebrate your achievement and those who supported you along the way. You are a runner. You are a SoleSister. You are amazing :)

Stay tuned… Race Week Tips coming out on Sunday!

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