The Louisiana Marathon running festival Jan. 17-19

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Marathon, a three-day running festival Jan. 17 - 19 enters its third year and is expected to attract 10,000 participants and 24,000 attendees from 47 states and 11 countries.

A true celebration of running and Louisiana culture, The Louisiana Marathon seeks to inspire and motivate while establishing Louisiana as the running capital of the south.

"The Louisiana Marathon draws runners from all over the world," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "It offers the chance to showcase our unique culture to an adventurous and passionate crowd. And like the State of Louisiana, the three-day event has something for everyone. Runners, food lovers, music fans, shoppers and festival aficionados will all find their passion."

The Louisiana Marathon offers multiple races that include The Marathon, The Half and The Advocate 5K and Kids Marathon. Fast, flat and rich in Louisiana culture, the courses for events will weave through the lakes, oak tree canopies and historic neighborhoods of Baton Rouge.

Free and open to the public, The Expo at The Louisiana Marathon will be held on Friday, Jan. 17 at The Baton Rouge

River Center. The Expo will feature over 60 vendors with the latest trends, designs and advances in running shoes and apparel from various sports, fitness and nutrition providers.

Like major marathons in New York and Boston, The Louisiana Marathon has a considerable charitable component.

Last year, it raised more than $75,000 for charitable contributions to a variety of organizations including Team In Training, Girls on the Run and Teach For America.

The 2014 fundraising goal is $250,000.