Since it was a race in NOLA, we went with Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and a mardi gras dancer! i love being festive!
We did bagcheck, used a porto (which was in a parking lot with parked cars which was a mess), and headed to our corral. Right in front of us was a large cross walk and not sectioned off so the start was a cluster. We were off about 10 minutes after the start.
We decided to focus on being slow and steady and have fun. 1:15/:30 were our intervals and we kept to ourselves.
We did a long out and back down St. Charles ave towards Loyola and Tulane and looped back. This part of the course went through the garden district which reminded me of haunted mansion.
Right before the turnaround point, someone was passing out king cake. Omg amazing! And then a bit farther on the way back was king cake donuts AND MIMOSAS! Yesss. We also eventually hit a beer stop where Devin and brian indulged.
We continued down towards City park and passed the Degas house (didn't know he had a house in NOLA) and also the neighborhood Solomon Northrop from 12 Years a Slave. Beautiful tree lined street but the road was pretty narrow and people were slowing so it made keeping a steady pace difficult. As we approached City Park, the sun was out and no shade but it was really nice park.
We finished (in 2:45. Told you we took it slow!) and got a ton of stuff and had a long hike to get our bag and wait for the shuttle. Luckily the shuttle came in 5 minutes and we got on a coach bus and not a school bus. It took us back towards the start line and we walked less than 5 minutes towards the hotel. We got ready and headed out for a fun afternoon.
SPLITS: 11:07/11:54/11:35/12:43/13:40(forgot to pause for one of our stops)/12:12/11:48/12:57/11:44/12:06/11:39/11:34/11:08 (2:36 time)
Overall I had a fantastic time. The course was okay-I wish they had a bit more New Orleans/jazz styles bands. Also I hate the point to point-the logistics are so difficult. I wish they just did an out and back.
I would be willing to do this race again. One good thing is it makes me interested to try other rock n roll races as LA and San Diego left a lot to be desired.
What's the last half you did? Have you ever run in New Orleans before?