Mardi Gras Mambo Review

The race: This is a scenic 10K run on a beautiful route. It was the 14th year this race has been held. The race was well attended with over 1350 runners including several from neighboring states. 
Parking: There are 2 nearby parking garages with FREE parking…so easy. This is our before picture in the parking garage:

Registration and cost: The price of this race is $25, but if you register early you can register for $15. Someone can pick your packet up for you on Thursday or Friday, and there is even race day pick up. Great if you want to drive in the morning of the race since it doesn’t begin until 9am.   
Swag: This year you had the option of the usual long-sleeve cotton T-shirt or for $10 more you could get a gender specific long-sleeve technical shirt. I opted for the technical shirt and I love the fit!! Usually shirts are baggy on me, but this one is nice.  You also get a drawstring shoe bag. This year the bag was made of a heavier duty material and held a CLIF bar and 365 bar along with coupons and upcoming race ads. Everyone also gets a custom Mardi Gras Mambo medallion bead upon crossing the finish line.

Course: The course takes you through the oak shaded boulevards of South Baton Rouge, through the LSU campus and back down River Road where you climb onto the levee, down, back up, and finally down again to the finish. 

Support: Support was enthusiastic and friendly. There were just enough water and Powerade tables. The stations didn’t seem to have an overwhelming amount of people handing out water, but it worked out. I never had to wait. There wasn’t much of a spectator crowd out, but the scenery kept me occupied.
Post race: There is an after-party with a DJ, plenty of food from vendors, and beer. The post-race activities took place inside the Atrium at the Belle Casino. Huge tables were set up which made it easy to meet other runners. Post-race food and drinks were provided by Baton Rouge Coca-Cola, Mockler Beverage/Budweiser, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sammy’s Grill, Whole Foods, FRESH Salads+Wraps, Jimmy John’s, PJ’s Coffee, Capital City Produce, Brew Ha Ha and Jason’s Deli! We ate jambalaya, sandwiches, and buffalo wings. Powerade was generously handing out bottles of all flavors. We also received Worx Energy Drinks.

Post Race Poses:

Awards: Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 male and females finishers in the 10k race. The cash prize distributions are as follows:
First Place – $250
Second Place – $150
Third Place – $100

The top overall male and female Masters (40+) and Grandmasters (50+) winners received $50 gift cards to Fleet Feet Sports.

 Age Group Awards
Age group awards were given to the top 2 male and female finishers in each age group.

* Age group first place winners received Adidas Duffel Bags monogrammed with the race name. 

I placed first in my age group out of 85. I was really shocked, but it was a great day. I love this duffel bag!

Age groups are as follows: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

 NEW FOR 2012! The Top 50 10k finishers received an Adidas ClimaCool Hat courtesy of Go Sport ID.

Congratulations to Matt Manning of Baton Rouge (32:05) and Amy Guinn of Lake Charles (38:09) for taking home the overall male and female titles respectively.

Etc – The weather this year was beautiful!

This is also a great race for 10K first timers. Here are our two first timers. Congratulations, Charissa and Chrissie!!


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One Response to Mardi Gras Mambo Review

  1. Brittany says:

    Congratulations on the win!!

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