My first marathon outside of Iron Distance and it was a great one to choose. As you would expect in New Orleans it was a flat course with a city centre start which makes getting to the start line straight forward at 0630 on a Sunday. The finsh was in a different location butthe bag drop & collection were fantastic & easy, just what is needed.
The course is split in two with the Marathon & Half Marathon running the same course through the downtown area of the city taking in plenty land marks. With music every mile the first half just flys by as you spend so much time just looking around being your own personal tour guide.
The second half of the marathon gets a bit more lonely, you head out to the waterfront through the park which is less well supported and really spread out by then. Still got the music every mile but it becomes a more mental battle by then anyway.
The finish line was great, so many people cheering you on that they carry you to the line.
Post race is great, T-Shirt, Medal, Finishers Jacket, water, food ect and then free beer :) Whats not to like.
The people of New Orleans are so friendly and then there is the French quarter for post race celebrations. Great race to go with friends (we went with eight)