Like most BFF’s, we love to work out together. It’s so much easier to get motivated to go to a yoga or spin class if you’ve got someone holding you accountable!
This year, we made it our goal to run a race together. So, we were super excited to find out that in honor of the Jazz Half Marathon & 5K‘s 10th anniversary, our friends at the Children’s Hospital and Varsity Sports have introduced 2-person relay teams to run the 13.1 mile half marathon for the first time this year!
Whether you aren’t quite ready to do a full half yourself, can’t commit to it on Nolaween weekend, or just want to do something fun with your bestie (or other half), the relay is the perfect opportunity!
Here are all the reasons you should join us to relay on October 27th!
1. Support A Great Cause
Running a Half Marathon or 5K is an incredible accomplishment in itself, but to be able to run for a reason, is even better. The Jazz Half Marathon is put on by the Children’s Hospital (CHNOLA) and 100% of proceeds support CHNOLA kids. Children’s Hospital is the only free-standing full-service specialty pediatric hospital in the state of Louisiana. It is truly a health center for the kids of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Children’s Hospital treats every child, regardless of their ability to pay. The funds raised by the Jazz Half Marathon & 5k will be put to work immediately enabling Children’s Hospital to provide critical care for the sickest children and babies; conducting life-saving research projects; serving families who otherwise could not afford quality healthcare; and remaining at the forefront of pediatric healthcare advancements.
2. Get Your Workout In Before Nolaween Celebrations
Training for a race leading up to Halloween is a great way to get in shape and feel good about whatever costume you’re rocking this year! The Jazz Half Marathon begins at 7am and the post-race party wraps up before noon so whether you are heading to Voodoo or Frenchman Street or throwing a costume party you will have plenty enough time to shower, nap, eat that beignet that you rightfully earned, and start your other weekend plans.
3. The Race Route is Breathtaking
Seeing your city on foot is something we rarely get to do, but one of the best ways to take in and appreciate the beauty of living in New Orleans. The Jazz Half starts downtown in the historical Lafayette Square, proceeds through the CBD then along the St. Charles Avenue, through Audubon park and back to the start line. This is your chance to take in the beautiful scenery that you probably take for granted every day like majestic oak trees, historic mansions, the famous street car lines and cute/quirky buildings. Time passes much more quickly when running through one of the most picturesque parts of the city.
4. The Jazz Half Post-Race Party is Like No Other
The Jazz Half after party is also a great place to kick off Nolaween celebrations It’s one of the best post-race parties in the country! After the race, runners get to hang in Lafayette Square and carb up on jambalaya and red beans & rice and sip Abita Beer while enjoying some of NOLA’s favorite musical talents like Kermit Ruffins, Flow Tribe, Rockin Dupsie, and Amanda Shaw. Plus, the icons of the Mardi Gras, “The Mardi Gras Indians”, will be at the finish line to take photos with runners after the race.
5. The Chance to Set A Goal With Your Other Half
We are used to setting goals together like conquering every new restaurant in town, but sometimes it’s nice to change it up and do something good for ourselves and the community. The Relay is the perfect opportunity to set a goal, train together, and complete a half Marathon with your bestie (or other half). On race day, the lead runner will begin at the starting point of the race in Lafayette Square and runs from Downtown along beautiful St. Charles Avenue to Uptown for 7.0 miles to the relay point at Calhoun Street. Once the lead runner completes their portion of the race, the anchor runner, who has been bussed from Lafayette Square to the RELAY point, then finishes the remaining 6.1 miles. The anchor runner proceeds through Audubon park to the finish line in Lafayette Square, where each runner receives a finisher’s medal.
We have lots more fun coming up leading to the Jazz Half like our very own Babes & Beignets training group that will meet in Audubon each week if you want to be motivated by even a larger group!
What are you waiting for? It’s time to grab your other half and get signed up to RELAY WITH US HERE!
Hope to see you on race day!