Louisiana Marathon attracts thousands
BATON ROUGE - More than 6,000 runners will take over downtown Baton Rouge this weekend for the Louisiana Marathon.
Organizers said the marathon attracts people from all 50 states and eight countries. There will be road closures along the route, which runs from downtown through LSU, down Claycut and Seven Oaks toward Tara Boulevard before coming back to the finish.
The race is in its third year with the moto "Run, Eat, Dance, Laugh." Organizers said it's not just about the race, it's about embracing Louisiana's culture and keeping it healthy.
"Louisiana foods have not traditionally always been the healthiest thing, but it doesn't have to be that way. there are ways to mimic Louisiana eating and yet are healthy for you and we hope that's what you discover," said Lathan Alexander, President of Alexaner's Highland Market.
"One of the best things about this race is that you just get to relax afterwards, you went out there you ran really hard... maybe you ran your first marathon, and then you get the best party afterward," said marathon runner Brandon Williams.
The action gets underway this morning with a 5k, followed by a kids marathon and the Louisiana Marathon Expo at the River Center. The marathon and half-marathon are Sunday at 7 a.m. You can find more information on the Louisiana Marathon website.