FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
First Louisiana Marathon to Take Place
Rocket Racing LLC Plans Wellness & Fitness Expo Accompanied
by Full Weekend of Activities
BATON ROUGE, La., October 6, 2011 – The Louisiana Marathon 26.2 miles
across a fast, flat "runner-friendly" course will take place Sunday, Jan.
15, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Runners preferring a relatively shorter
distance can compete in a half-marathon race scheduled on the same day or a
5K fun run the day before. A limited number of entry spaces are still
available and individuals can register online at thelouisianamarathon.com.
Local residents and visitors will witness thousands of runners charging by
the Mississippi River, through historic neighborhoods, and around LSU's
campus and scenic lakes. After the running events, live local bands from
Louisiana's legendary music scene will keep the pace moving and the vibe
funky. A post-race festival featuring live local music and a selection of
Louisiana micro beers and local cuisine with a healthy twist will keep the
celebratory mood going.
The multi-race weekend will be packed with activities and attractions for
the entire family offering something for everyone. A wellness and fitness
expo featuring running and lifestyle exhibitors will anchor the running
community in downtown Baton Rouge Friday, Jan. 13th and Saturday, Jan.
14th. Saturday features a 5K fun run open to walkers, strollers, joggers
and runners of all ability. Children will run to complete a final 1.2-mile
leg (the Rocketkidz Marathon) totaling 26.2 miles. "The Louisiana Marathon
isn't a one-day race in the capital city, rather it is the visible
culmination of months of wellness and fitness training for all types of
runners of all ages," says Craig Sweeney, race director of The Louisiana
A pre-race pasta dinner is scheduled for Saturday night, featuring guest
speaker Jeff Galloway, a professional running coach who perfected the
Galloway method of competing injury-free in a marathon. The weekend's apex
events, the marathon and half-marathon races, begin early morning Sunday.
Runners from 33 states and 4 countries have registered to compete. The
marathon will be an official Boston Qualifier. Groups of 2 or 4 people are
encouraged to enter the marathon as a relay team. Special medals will be
awarded among age divisions.
About Rocketkidz Marathon
The Rocketkidz Marathon is a nine-week running program offered by Rocket
Racing to children 4-12 years old. Children follow a 9-week program of
running and tracking their progress toward a total 26.2 miles. Rocket
Racing is implementing this program in conjunction with parents, area
elementary schools and kid organizations.
About Rocket Racing
Rocket Racing LLC, a multisport production company, is the producer of The
Louisiana Marathon. Rocket Racing is dedicated to celebrating a healthy
Louisiana lifestyle by establishing the marathon as a new tradition while
fostering a dialogue about exercise and nutrition within the community.
Initially beginning in 2006 as a race event management company for the
Rocketkidz Foundation it has grown considerably. Today the Rocket Racing
organization comprises the Rocketkidz triathlon series, Rocketchix
triathlon series and the Goldenfliers 5 & 10 Miler. Rocket Racing has
produced nationally organized triathlons, obstacle course events and races.
A rapidly growing number of Americans run marathons, close to a half
million finished a 26.2 mile race in 2010. Over the past decade, Americans
who have completed a half-marathon have tripled in number. The Louisiana
Marathon provides a fun, healthy opportunity for the community to engage in
better eating habits and regularly scheduled exercise.