I walked the few blocks to the start line, right at the foot of the "new" Capitol building steps, and had just a short wait before the gun went off and we were on our way. It's the second annual running of this race and they've definitely got their act together! Very well organized and well-done.
The race course was outstanding! Well-designed and really interesting! The miles seemed to fly by! The route took us south along the west shore of University Lake to the LSU campus, where we ran right through the heart of the university, past the LSU Tiger Stadium. We exited the university campus and ran around the perimeter of the lake, which was filled with birds of all sorts: pelicans, ducks, herons, egrets. The distance around the circumference of the lake was close to 4 miles and entertained us with views across the lake to fellow runners who were ahead or behind us on the route. I saw several pods of white pelicans along the eastern shore. They were gorgeous!
Once I was back on the north side of the lake, I only had 3 more miles to go. I couldn't believe how quickly time had passed on this route. I was still feeling okay, and was still mostly running at this point. Well, except for the return back over the very high North Blvd bridge just east of I-110.
Next thing I knew, I was back into the downtown area and running past the mile 12 marker and then turning right onto 3rd Street and heading for the Capitol building and around the corner to the finish line to claim my finisher's medal.
They had a massive post-race party, with food vendors from many local restaurants, a giant cauldron of gumbo, and beer! But I needed to pass on the food, as I had made plans to meet some friends at Poche's, an excellent Cajun meat market and restaurant in Breaux Bridge.
|Pork steak, rice dressing, beans, potato salad. Oh my!!|
2/3 of this came home with me in a box.
Then, too soon, it was time to get back on the road and head for home.
Another state added to my quest! Here's what my 50 States-50 Half Marathons map looks like now: