Saturday, December 9, 2017 • Lafayette, LA • Course Map
Between 100 and 200 runners come out each year to run through the city streets of the home of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette’s “Ragin’ Cajuns,” at the annual wintertime Cajun Country Half Marathon, which unfolds along the roads that surround Acadiana Park.
The Cajun Country Half is an out-and-back race that starts and finishes at Acadiana Park in the northeast corner of this city, which is well-known regionally both for its college sports teams as well as for its authentic cajun cuisine, as Baton Rouge has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants of any city in the U.S.
As Lafayette’s only half-marathon running road race, the Cajun Country Half is scheduled to take advantage of the cool early winter temperatures and as a warm-up to the seasonal marathons and half-marathons that take place early in the new year, including New Orleans’s Rock & Roll Marathon & Half Marathon, which takes place each February.
Runners begin the race heading out onto Teurlings Dr. before taking a quick left onto Alexander St. followed by a stretch along Winnipeg Ave for the first mile. After a short run on Venus Dr. and a right back onto Alexander St. Runners head to Shadow Bluff Drive at the north side of the park where they will spend the next 2 miles of the race. At the 4.5 mile mark, runners begin a clockwise loop on Maryview Farm Rd, Louisiana Ave, and Butcher Switch Rd.
This will take participants to the halfway point of the race, where they make a sharp left onto Lajunie Rd for a 2 mile out and back along the river. Just past the 9 mile mark, runners meet back up with Shadow Bluff Drive and will follow the same route in reverse, back to the finish line at Acadiana Park.
The race’s out and back course offers rolling hills and some cross-country running, making it a great race for both beginners and experienced runners.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the middle of the state between Lake Charles and Baton Rouge, Lafayette generally experiences cool to cold temperatures in winter with quite a bit of precipitation (the area averages over 5 inches of precipitation in December).
In December, temperatures in Lafayette average between 64°F and 44°F — on the day of the race (Dec. 9), the average high is 66°F and the average low is 45°F.
- 2016 Cajun Country Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Cajun Country Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Cajun Country Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Cajun Country Half Marathon Results
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:15 AM – 10K, 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of Lafayette’s Cajun Country Half Marathon, 5K or 10K race, register online at EventBrite.com here.
Official Race Website
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