Sunday, March 5, 2023 • New Orleans, LA • Course Map
Note: This race has been discontinued.
More than 12,000 runners and wheelchair participants trek the streets of what is probably the country’s most culturally, architecturally and musically interesting city at the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon & 10k, which unfolds along a course through the city in the days after Mardi Gras, the annual pre-Lent party to end all parties.
Originally called the Mardi Gras Marathon and later the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon & Half Marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans race moved to a late January/early February running a couple of years back, then to a late February/early March event. The event features a point-to-point route that starts at the intersection of Poydras Street and St. Charles Avenue and finishes in New Orleans City Park.
Runners start the race in downtown New Orleans at the corner of St. Charles and Poydras and follow what is largely a fast and flat route — which you’ll discover is no surprise, thanks to the fact that much of New Orleans lies at or even below sea level — from the starting line through the city’s gorgeous Garden District, where many of the city’s true architectural jewels lie, from stately homes to churches and civic buildings.
Runners in the half marathon share the same course as those running the full marathon for nearly all of the race’s first 13 miles — those running the full marathon split off at New Orleans City Park between mile markers 12 and 13, leaving the half marathoners to head into the park and cross the finish line, while they continue around the park and head north to the shores of Lake Ponchartrain.
They’ll share a long out-and-back stretch along St. Charles Avenue, whose two lanes bracket the famous New Orleans streetcars slowly riding along the rails as they run.
After the out-and-back along St. Charles — which hits its turnaround point at the northern end of Audubon Park — the course continues in a roughly northeast direction through the city, taking runners up through the French Quarter (where the famed Bourbon Street and the site of Mardi Gras revelry takes place every year) along Decatur Avenue, and then turns left onto Esplanade Avenue. Runners continue on in a northwest direction along Esplanade all the way toward New Orleans City Park, where the finish line lies.
Runners in the half marathon make a brief pass along the edge of the city’s St. Louis Cemetery, whose graves are all laid out in the cemetery in above-ground sites. The course then makes its way into City Park for the finish.
With the exception of a single overpass, participants run the course at an elevation that’s below sea level the entire race. Most of the course is fast and flat, just like the city itself, so there’s very little in the way of hills or changes in elevation throughout either the 13.1-mile or the 26.2-mile courses.
Race Climate & Weather
Nestled between the banks of Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River in southeastern Louisiana, New Orleans typically sees February temperatures that average between 46°F and 65°F. Rainfall totals average just under 5.5 inches for the month of February.
On the day of the race (March 5), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 64°F.
See the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon results here.
See the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon course map here.
see race website
- $75 and up for the half marathon
- $80 and up for the full marathon
- $45 and up for the 10K
To sign up for the winter 2023 running of the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon, Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
I am trying to find out the route from start to finish
What time do I have to be at the starting line
You might want to correct your description of the route for the Rock and Roll Marathon in New Orleans on March the 4th. It is completely wrong and misleading! Neither the entire city nor the marathon route is BELOW SEA LEVEL! Actually, the only area that is even AT sea level on the route is the area near the overpass on Esplanade Ave., which I believe you described as the highest point. Saint Charles Ave., the French Quarter and most of Esplanade Ave is above sea level, which is precisely why the original city was built upon those lands. They were the highest in the area at 2-8 feet above sea level and the safest during spring floods! The oldest areas of the city fared best during Katrina for this very reason!
tom you are wrong. I live in New Orleans and as the article says the route the race takes is in those areas of the city that are at or below sea level. The lowest point in New Orleans is a bit over 24 feet below sea level, and New Orleans sinks on average 1/2 inch per year. Why do you think the ENTIRE city is surrounded by the Levee system?? It is because it IS BELOW SEA LEVEL IN 90% of the city.
I am registered for the full marathon this year in New Orleans but want to change to the half. i know i can still run and cut it off but is it possible to get a half bib? I still plan on running the same pace but an injury will keep me from running the full.
I was told that confirmation emails was sent out to be printed and presented during packet pick up.I have not received a letter.Please advise.
Am I registered for 5k?
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THIS IS A WALKER FRIENDLY 1/2 MARATHON.
I CAN AVERAGE 15 MINUTE-MILE.