Flow Tribe to headline Jazz Half post-race party

We are excited to announce that New Orleans’s own Flow Tribe will be performing at this year's post-race party. After runners cross the finish line at Lafayette Square, they will get to enjoy a band that is uniquely New Orleans.

Growing up in the dive bars and neighborhood venues in the city’s dimmest corners, this six-piece ensemble captures the passion of the Crescent City, bending genres into their own brand of "backbone-cracking music.”

Running For the Love Of It!

One Racer's Story About Making the Jazz Half Her First Half Marathon

With its flat course and beautiful scenery, the Jazz Half Marathon appeals to many runners. Amanda Evans Gros, 45, of Houma was one such racer who made the 2014 Jazz Half her first half marathon.

While her running time of 3 hours, 5 minutes and 53 seconds was not the fastest, she takes great pride in the achievement. Her medal, bib, completion certificate and the photo capturing her crossing the finish line hangs prominently in her office at Perque’s Flooring, where she works as a scheduler and social media manager.

Tips for Summer Training

The average high temperature for July in New Orleans is 91 degrees, but the humidity can make it feel more like it is above 100 degrees. These conditions can affect running performance and can even be dangerous for runners who do not take precautions while training during the summer.

Stay hydrated. It is the first piece of advice on most athletic training guides for a reason. When the body is not adequately hydrated, blood volume drops and your heart has to work harder to power your muscles and keep you cool. Try to drink at least eight ounces of water before your run. Plan a route with stops at water fountains or bring fluids with you during the run. Grab an electrolyte-filled sports drink post run to help replenish sodium and potassium lost from sweating.

Additional Hotel Rooms Added

The Jazz Half Marathon and 5K is proud to partner with Marriott to offer our runners discounted rates at several of their beautiful New Orleans properties. We are excited to announce that the Marriott has added two more properties to the list: Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown and the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center. Click here to view all of our lodging options.

Runner’s World Names Jazz Half as One of the Year’s Best Half Marathons

Runner’s World, a US-based international running magazine with a circulation of more than 700,000 readers, named the Jazz Half Marathon and 5K among the Year’s Best Half Marathons. The beautiful route that takes runners through some of the most historic parts of the city, the ease of running a “pancake flat” course, and a great post-race party once racers cross the finish line were all the things that helped the Jazz Half make the list. CLICK HERE to read the full list.

Grainger Foundation and Nola.com Join Us Again as Jazz Half Sponsors

We are thrilled to announce that The Grainger Foundation and Nola.com/The Times Picayune will both be returning to support the Jazz Half Marathon & 5K as co-presenting sponsors.
This is the sixth year The Grainger Foundation has committed to sponsoring our race benefiting the Cancer Program at Children's Hospital.
Nola.com and The Times Picayune are back for the second year as a presenting sponsor of the Jazz Half Marathon & 5K. 

Picture Perfect Smiles for the Race to Beat Childhood Cancer

The 7th Annual Jazz Half Marathon and 5K is set for Saturday, October 31, 2015, and race organizers are hard at work to make this year’s Jazz Half the best ever, with great music, great food and beer and – as always – a great course for our runners!

The smiling faces of our young cancer patients will once again grace the mile-markers, banners, and signs that line the course and decorate the post-race party, reminding Jazz Half runners that they are racing to beat childhood cancer.