Ole Man River Half Marathon

Saturday, December 17, 2016 • Gretna, LA • Course Map

Set for its 35th annual running this year, New Orleans’ Ole Man River Half Marathon & 5K saw more than 900 runners and walkers cross the finish line in both races combined last year, 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 will move back to their old stomping grounds for 2016 — an out-and-back course that starts and finishes in downtown Gretna, and takes runners along the Mississippi River levee for the finishing stretch.

From there, the half marathon follows an out-and-back route that first runs southwest toward Harvey and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and then runs back along the banks of the Mississippi, where you’ll finish the race running along the river levee.

Those running the half marathon will encounter a combination of paved roads and some stretches of running trails.

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.

Aerial view of the Mississippi River as it runs through New Orleans, La. (Photo by Ron Riering/flickr)

Aerial view of the Mississippi River as it runs through New Orleans, La. (Photo by Ron Riering/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. 17), 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


  • $55 for the half marathon, if registered by April 20, 2016
  • $60 between April 21 – June 8
  • $65 between June 9 – August 17
  • $70 between August 18 – November 30
  • $75 between December 1 – 12
  • $80 on race day, if not sold out
  • Discounts available for New Orleans Track Club members


To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of New Orleans’s Ole Man River Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the event website here.

Official Race Website


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