Ole Man River Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, December 20, 2014 • New Orleans, LA • Course Map

Set for its 33rd annual running this year, New Orleans’ Ole Man River Half Marathon saw more than 800 runners and walkers cross the finish line in both races combined in 2013, at a race that unfolds through the lush, green expanse of New Orleans City Park, home to groves of magnificent live oak trees, a golf course, statues and fountains.


Both the half marathon and the 5K race are open to runners and walkers, and both start at Ted Gormley Stadium near the 1,300-acre park’s southeastern corner, a stone’s throw from the New Orleans Museum of Art.

From there, those taking part in the half marathon follow an out-and-back course that runs through the park roads and around its northern perimeter, and around and over several of the ponds and canals that wind their way through park’s grassy lawns.

Those running the half marathon will encounter a combination of paved roads throughout the park and some stretches of running trails, particularly along the stretch that runs alongside Robert E. Lee Boulevard, along the park’s northern end. The first few miles take runners through the park’s southern end, and the last few miles take runners around the edges of the golf course.

In recent years, the course has been redesigned to feature several miles along the shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain, between Canal Boulevard and the campus of the University of New Orleans, where runners will make a loop around the traffic circle at Elysian Fields Avenue and Lakeshore Drive.

Organizers note that the course will remain open until 11:50 AM, which means runners and walkers in the half marathon will have 3 hours, 50 minutes to complete the race.

A view of the giant oaks inside New Orleans City Park. (Photo by Alan Levine/flickr)

A view of the giant oaks inside New Orleans City Park. (Photo by Alan Levine/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Though it’s known for hot and humid weather in the summer, thanks to its location right on the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans typically enjoys much milder weather in the late fall and early winter.

In December, temperatures range between 46°F and 65°F, and runners need to be prepared for rain — the city sees an average of more than 5 inches of rainfall during the month. On the day of the race (Dec. 20), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 64°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Ole Man River Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon
  • 8:15 AM – 5K

Fees

  • $55 for the half marathon, if registered by March 31, 2014
  • $65 between April 1 – October 31
  • $70 between November 1 – December 14
  • $75 between Dec. 15 and the day of the racce
  • Discounts available for New Orleans Track Club members

Registration

To reserve your spot in the late fall/early winter 2014 running of New Orleans’s Ole Man River Half Marathon or 5K race, register online here.

Official Race Website

www.runnotc.org

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