Running the streets of New Orleans is unique: flat, fast course, filled with lively crowds cheering participants on all the way to the finish line. It’s no wonder why Heather Montgomery has run the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon three times now (even back when it was called Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras). Heather shares why she loves the city, race, and food below.
5 Reasons to Run Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans
I grew up in the New Orleans area, and it’s always good to go back “home” for a race! This will be my fourth Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans race, and I cannot wait to hit the streets again. There are a lot of great reasons to run this race (including the fact there there is now a 10k option). I could go on and on, but today I will share with you my top five:
1. The City
New Orleans is an amazing and unique city. Sure it can get really hot in the summer and gets a bad rap for not being very healthy, but there is so much more than that. When you come in town for this race weekend, there are a plethora of things you can do with your time while here (other than race of course!) Think steamboat rides, the aquarium, ghost tours, and the WWII museum. Be sure to spend some time just wandering the city, walking around the Riverwalk, or checking out the French Market.
I know last year the race was warmer and more humid, but typically the weather in January is very nice in New Orleans. It’s chilly but not freezing, which to me is great running weather! There aren’t many places where you can race in January in shorts, right?
3. Flat and Fast
New Orleans is below sea level…and continuing to sink as a matter of fact, so there are literally no hills to be found on this course. If you are looking for a PR this race season, this is the course to do it on.
4. Course Entertainment
Everyone loves to have a good time in the crescent city, and the locals fully embrace all of the events the city has to offer. Not only does Rock ‘n’ Roll provide on course entertainment, but the locals come out in force with their own “aid stations” and entertainment. I have seen mimosas, beer, fried alligator, great musicians, and funky decorations.
Not only are there many local attractions to check out on your visit to the big easy, but you can also find some of the best food in the country. There are so many restaurants to choose from, it can be impossible to pick where to celebrate with a post race meal. For the best suggestions, ask a local or the employees at your hotel, they will know best kept secrets!
These are just a few of the many reasons to run this amazing race. There are many more, and I would be happy to share them with you and I hope to see you at the race! Oh, and don’t forget to bring your Mardi Gras colors and costumes. You will fit in just fine, I promise.
Heather Montgomery is a member of the Rock ‘n’ Blog team, and blogs at Through Heather’s Looking Glass about running, life, and family. When she’s not running the roads she can be found traveling, texting, and hanging out with her husband and new baby girl. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram @HeathersLG.