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Louisiana > Ole Man River Half Marathon & 5K
New Orleans, LA  •  Saturday, December 14, 2013  •  Course Map


More than 930 runners and walkers crossed the finish line in both races combined at the 2012 running of New Orleans' Ole Man River Half Marathon & 5K, which has moved from its race location in past years along the levee that runs along the city's intracoastal waterway to the lush, green expanse of New Orleans City Park, whose 1,300 acres are home to groves of magnificent live oak trees, a golf course, statues and fountains, as well as the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Both the half marathon and the 5K race are open to runners and walkers, and both start at Ted Gormley Stadium near the park's southeastern corner. 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, particulary 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.

For last year's race, the course was 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.

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. 14), the average low is 46°F and the average high is 65°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Ole Man River Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:00 AM - half marathon
8:15 AM - 5K


$60 for the half marathon, if registered by July 31, 2013
$65 between August 1 - November 30
$70 between Nov. 30 - December 8


To reserve your spot in the late fall/early winter 2013 running of New Orleans's Ole Man River Half Marathon or 5K race, register online here.

Official Race Website


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