Race Information


The Sixth Annual Jazz Half Marathon and 5K. The Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race running from Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans to Audubon Park uptown and back. The 5K is a 3.2 mile race run in the downtown area. The post race party venue is the beautiful and historic Lafayette Square.

Medallions will be presented to ALL Half-Marathon and to the first 500 5K race finishers.


Saturday, November 1, 2014. The Half Marathon and the 5K will start at 7:00 a.m.

Runners will start in waves:
7:00 a.m.:  Competitive Runners ( pace per mile at 8:00 minutes or under)
7:02 a.m.:   Fitness Runners ( pace per mile at 12:00 per mile or under)
7:05 a.m.:   Casual Runners, ALL Walkers (pace slower than 12 minutes per mile)

Both the Half Marathon course and the 5K course are walker-friendly.

The post-race activities, including refreshments and live music by local musicians, will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until noon.


The Sixth Annual Jazz Half Maraththon and 5K will start at Lafayette Square. To make this year's race stress-free, we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations. Reserve your 100% guaranteed spot near the start-line or throughout New Orleans.

Please be sure to note the arrival and departure time. Jazz Half discounted options ($4.00 - $9.00) require that you exit before 2 PM.

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To raise funds for Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Program, promote your health and fitness, and have a great time! And there's something in it for you, too. All Half Marathon registrants will receive a technical tee shirt, a finishers' medallion. 5K participants will receive a commemorative cotton t-shirt, the first 500 finishers will receive a finishers’ medallions.

All participants will have admission to the post race party featuring free food, Michelob Ultra beer, drinks and live music.


The Jazz Half Marathon is presented by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune in partnership with The Grainger Foundation and the 5K is presented by Merrill Lynch, benefiting Children's Hospital. The race director is Chuck George of New Orleans Running Systems, Inc.