Louisiana Marathon offers something for everyone

There’s more to this race than the run

The Louisiana Marathon is about more than racing.

Live music, food, activities for the kids and more give the weekend downtown a festival atmosphere, with events Saturday and Sunday even being called “Family Festival” and “Finish Festival.” In addition, a Friday expo will offer 60-plus exhibitors selling fitness gear and other items. All this is timed around The Advocate 5K and Kids’ Marathon on Saturday, and the Louisiana Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday.

Entertainment at Saturday’s Family Festival is by the Baton Rouge Music Studios. Children can enjoy face painting, inflatables and a “play dirty” obstacle course. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Sunday’s Finish Festival will feature the Michael Foster Project (9 a.m.-11 a.m.), Big Sam’s Funky Nation (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and the Bucktown All-Stars (2 p.m.-4 p.m.).

The Food Village at Sunday’s Finish Festival promises “something for everyone,” and new this year, a Vegan Village. Look for Cajun and Creole jambalayas from the Gonzales Jambalaya Festival, vegan red beans and rice from Alexander’s Highland Market, crawfish Monica from Kajun Kettle, and lots more. Other restaurants/vendors are: Acme Oyster House, Boudreaux & Thibodeaux’s, Chimes/Parrain’s, Doe’s Eat Place, Fresh Junkie, Galatoire’s Bistro, Hotel Indigo, Jimmy John’s, Juban’s, L’Auberge Casino Hotel, Le Creole, Mestizo’s Louisiana-Mexican Cuisine, Pop Culture, Restaurant IPO, Strands Café, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, The Big Squeezy, Quarters, Zoe’s, The Belle of Baton Rouge, Tsunami, Bibi’s Patisserie and Greenheart: Products of Peace.

Wristbands are required to enter the Food Village and are available at the Expo on Friday and Saturday, and at other retail locations. All those registering for the races will receive a food wristband.

The Louisiana Marathon is also about giving, as it raised $75,000 last year for charity. This year’s goal is $250,000.