When: Saturday, Oct. 29. Runners take note that both the Half Marathon and the 5K begin at 7 a.m.
Where: Both the Half Marathon and the 5K begin and end at Lafayette Square, New Orleans. You can find a turn-by-turn map of the course with water stations and mile markers locations here.
Packet pickup: We strongly encourage participants to pick up their race packets at the Race Expo on Oct. 28 at the Reanissance New Orleans Arts Hotel in the Warehouse District. (Click here for a map.). Race day packet pickup will be available; information on location and time TBA.
Parking: You don’t have to wait until race day to find parking. We have partnered with Parking Panda to offer racers online parking reservations ahead of the Jazz Half.
Need a place to stay: We are proud to partner with Marriott to offer our runners discounted rates at several of their beautiful New Orleans properties. There is still time to book from our Discounted Lodging list.
Medical help: New Orleans EMS will have ambulances along the course and at the finish line. Acadian Ambulance will again be providing a medical tent at the finish line. The tent will be supported by LSU Health New Orleans and Children’s Hospital medical staff. The Blood Center will also be lending us use of the Blood Mobile for those needing more private medical attention.
Bands along the course: It just wouldn’t be the Jazz Half without local New Orleans performers playing our favorite songs. We'll be updating our list of bands on the course shortly!
Post-race Party Entertainment: Our featured performers this year are The Danny Alexander Blues Band, and Rockin' Dopsie Jr.
Post-race Party food: Jambalaya, red beans and rice, hot dogs and chili, sno-balls on a stick from Sno-Balls To Go, a variety of Coca-Cola products, Kentwood Spring water and beer by Abita Beer.
Run For Free deadline is Oct. 29: Raise at least $250 for the Cancer Program and you can run for free! Your registration fee will be reimbursed through EventBrite no more than four days after the race. The person who raises the most money will win a three-night stay at a Marriott property anywhere in the lower 48 states and airfare for two. Anyone who raises at least $250 will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a weekend stay at a Marriott property on the Gulf Coast.
Gear check: There will be a gear check tent in Lafayette Square with volunteers to hold your personal items during the race. A gear claim tag will be affixed to the bottom of your race number. This tag will have your race number on it. Attach the gear claim tag to your bag and drop it off at the tent. To retrieve your items, simply show the volunteers your race number and they’ll hand over your bag.