The Race

Distances: This event will feature a half marathon of 13.1 miles and a marathon of 26.2 miles. Both courses are certified by USATF, and are qualifiers for the Boston Marathon.

Relay Division: There will be a 2-person relay for the half marathon. There will be a 4-person relay for the full marathon.

Race Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Start time: 7AM, We encourage all participants to be at the starting line in their corrals at least 15 minutes prior. There will not be an early start for any reason. This is for the safety of all participants. Unfortunately, we are unable to grant any exceptions to this.

Start/Finish Line: Jefferson St, Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana. Both the start and finish line areas will be secure areas, only runners with bibs will be allowed in these areas.  Click Here for Directions. 

Hydration Stations: Aid stations with water and Powerade will be located on the course, approximately every 1.5 Miles.

Corrals: We will have corrals organized by average pace in 30 second intervals.

Timing: This race will be chip timed. A electronic tag will track your timing, the tag remains attached to your bib.

Packet Pickup: Packet pick up will be at the expo , the day prior to the race, 10am to 5pm. Also, the day of the race starting at 5:30 am.

Gear Check: Gear Check will open up at 5:30am on the morning of the race. Location of gear check will be near the start/finish area. A numbered tear off tab will be included on your race bib that will be used to identify your bag. We do not recommend that you store valuables in your gear check bag.

Pace Groups: Visit the pace team page for a list of available pace groups.

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The Relay Division

Download Relay PDF

Zydeco Marathon is very excited to present a relay option again this year. There are two options for the relay that will traverse the half and full marathon courses. The full marathon relay is a 4 person relay, and the half marathon relay is a 2 person relay. Either option will give you and your family and friends an opportunity to run our outstanding course through scenic Lafayette!

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick-up for race bibs, training shirts, and bags will occur on Saturday, March 3rd at the Lafayette Convention Center.  EACH RELAY MEMBER WILL BE REQUIRED TO PICK UP THEIR OWN PACKET. Please have your ID ready at packet pick-up.

Full Marathon Relay

The Full Marathon Relay will consist of four legs that will be 6.2 miles, 6.9 miles, 6.2 miles, and 6.9 miles. Each team member will have a specific bib for each leg of the relay. Please have your team order finalized before packet pick-up for accurate timing. The bib order will follow this pattern: Team 1: 1st leg bib 2001, 2nd leg 2002, 3rd leg 2003, 4th leg 2004; Team 2: 1st leg 2005, 2nd leg 2006, 3rd leg 2007, 4th leg 2008 and so on. Also, the bib color for the full marathon relay will have a unique color. Each exchange point is conveniently located near a water station. We will have Zydeco bars and bananas at these water stations for our relay participants as well.

Leg one will start at the start line on Jefferson St at the same time as the half and full marathon. It will be important for the first leg to be in the corral 30 minutes prior to the gun time at 7 AM. This leg will take you through the Saint Street, Cajundome, Downtown, and Freetown neighborhoods and will end at the 6.2 timing split on St. Mary St. on UL’s campus near Angelle Hall. Leg two will traverse through UL, the Oil Center, Bendel Gardens neighborhood, and Freetown, and will end at the 13.1 timing split right as the full marathon turns right onto Kaliste Saloom Road. Leg three will travel down Kaliste Saloom and Pinhook into the East Bayou neighborhood into River Ranch. This leg will conclude at the 19.3 timing split at the intersection of Camellia Boulevard and Settlers Trace Blvd.  Leg four will go back through River Ranch and East Bayou back towards Downtown Lafayette and will conclude at the finish line on Jefferson Street. You will be in walking distance to join your teammates at the Supreme Rice Finish Line Festival!

Half Marathon Relay

The Half Marathon Relay will consist of two legs that will be 6.2 miles and 6.9 miles. Each team member will have a specific bib for each leg of the relay. Please have your team order finalized before the Zydeco Expo. The bib order will follow this pattern: Team 1: 1st leg bib 2101, 2nd leg 2102; Team 2: 1st leg 2103, 2nd leg 2104; Team 3: 1st leg 2105, 2nd leg 2106 and so on. Also, the bib color for the half marathon relay will have a unique color. We will have Zydeco bars and bananas at these water stations for our relay participants as well.

Leg one will start at the start line on Jefferson St at the same time as the half and full marathon. It will be important for the first leg to be in the corral 30 minutes prior to the gun time at 7 AM. This leg will take you through the Saint Street, Cajundome, Downtown, and Freetown neighborhoods and will end at the 6.2 timing split on St. Mary St. on UL’s campus near Angelle Hall. Leg two will traverse through UL, the Oil Center, Bendel Gardens neighborhood, and Freetown, and will conclude in Downtown Lafayette at the finish line on Jefferson Street. You will be in walking distance to join your teammates at the Supreme Rice Finish Line Festival!

Timing, Scoring, & Awards

Each team member will wear an individual bib for timing. After passing through the timing mats, the relay exchange will occur 50 feet past the mat with a simple tag or fist-bump to dignify the new runner.

The relay will use chip timing courtesy of Cajun Timing, and the overall time will be based on the combined chip time of the team members. Each runner’s individual time will be determined by the elapsed time from timing split to timing split. It is important for the runners waiting in the corrals to not walk near the timing mats to create any timing issues.

All relay participants will receive an official Zydeco Half Marathon finisher’s medal.

Relay Travel & Exchange Areas

We will have van transportation to take you to the relay exchange corral and back to the finish line festival in Downtown once you have conquered your leg.

Leg one participants will report to the start corral, while the remainder of the runners will meet at the intersection of Lee and Vermilion in Downtown to the catch a ride to their area. Please see the parking section of our website for parking locations on race morning. Please arrive by 6:30 AM to ensure on time transit, especially if you are running Leg Two. Leg two runners will be transported first, and then leg three and four.

If you do not ride the van, you will be responsible for making it to the corral area on your own.

Once you arrive to your destination, you will be guided by our amazing volunteers to the corral areas. Here you will await your teammate’s arrival. We will have water nearby. We will station a volunteer a quarter mile ahead of the exchange point and they will coordinate with the volunteer near the corral to alert you that your teammate is approaching the exchange area.

Once you have completed your leg, one of the vans will take you back to downtown to the area of the finish line festival. The van for Leg One will be stationed in the parking lot of the UL Foundation at the corner of Taft and St. Mary. This will be next to our water stop. The van for Leg Two will be in the parking lot of ESA on Kaliste Saloom, near the water station. The van for Leg Three will be parked by the intersection of Settlers Trace Boulevard and River Ranch Boulevard.

You can meet up with your teammates and celebrate finishing the inaugural Zydeco Relay!

Download Relay PDF

The Course

Half Marathon MapClick Here
Full Marathon MapClick Here
Elevation Gain: Full Marathon 451 ft  |  Half Marathon 174 ft
Course Support: There will be a combination of volunteers & local law enforcement along the course.
Road Closures: See course maps for streets along the route.
Discarded Clothing: All discarded clothing along the course will be collected and donated to local homeless shelters.

Parking & Shuttles

South College Shopping Center and the Horse Farm / Lafayette Central Park have offered parking for runners. Buses will be available to shuttle participants from this location to Downtown. Logistics will be published in our race program, which will be emailed to all registrants before the race. Below is the address for South College Shopping Center. Runners utilizing this service will start parking here and overflow into the Horse Farm / Lafayette Central Park. The distance from parking to the starting line is approximately 2.1 miles with the bus trip estimated at 8 minutes. Buses will also shuttle runners from Downtown back to South College Shopping Center after the race.
Parking Located: South College Shopping Center Located at 2851 Johnston St & The Horsefarm located next door at 2913 Johnston St
Pickup Location: South College Shopping Center Located at 2851 Johnston St
Drop Off Location: Downtown Lafayette at Parc International at the corner of Polk St & Garfield St
Morning of the Race: Shuttle to begin running at 4:30am and continue running until 6:15am. Shuttle will arrive every 30min. The FINAL shuttle will depart at 6:30am.
After the Race: The shuttle will begin running again at 10:30am, and begin making trips back to the South College Shopping Center. The shuttle will be making trips every 30 minutes until 2pm.
Location:
South College Shopping Center
2851 Johnston St.
Lafayette, LA 70503

How to Register

Online Registration: Registration online can be completed by clicking on the registration link from our home page or the link below. Click Here for Online Registration

Schedule of Fees

  • Early Bird | May 15th, 2017 to May 31, 2017 at Midnight – Full $90, Half $70, Relay $45/Person
  • Spring/Summer | June 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017 at Midnight – Full $100.00, Half $80, Relay $50/Person
  • Fall | October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 at Midnight – Full $110.00, Half $90, Relay $55/Person
  • Winter | January 1, 2018 to January 31, 2018 at Midnight – Full $120.00, Half $95, Relay $65/Person
  • Late | February 1, 2018 to March 2, 2018 at Midnight – Full $125.00, Half $100, Relay $70/Person
  • Day of the Expo  |  Full $135.00, Half $115, Relay $75/Person
  • Active Military Personnel Throughout Registration –  Full 10% Discount, Half 10% Discount, Relay N/A

Late Registration: The only paper registration will be at packet pickup at the expo on the day before the race.
Deadline: Packet pickup is the last chance for registration. We will close packet pickup at 5pm. There will be no registration on the day of the race. We will, however, have late packet pickup.
Confirmation: there will be confirmation support through the Run Sign up’s website once registration has started.
Deferral Policy: There will be a $25 fee to defer registration to the next years race. Deadline for deferral is January 31, 2017 at midnight. Once deferred, the registrant is ineligible for the following years early registration promos, and the items (Shirt, Bib etc) from the deferred years race are forfeited. Registrants may only defer one consecutive year.
All registration items must be picked up at the expo, we can not mail your items to you.

No Refund Policy: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.

Participation Benefits

Scenic Course: the route that will be selected will cover some of the best of Lafayette.
Route Motivation: Cheering locals lining the course for plentiful Course Support
Race shirt: Participant Shirt & Swag Bag.
Finishers Medal: Finishers receive a medal as they cross the finish line.
Finish line festival: Finish line festival featuring the best live music in our area!
Expo: Running exposition the day prior of the event.

Note:  All items must be picked up at the expo, we can not mail your items to you.

Award Structure

Zydeco Marathon is pleased to present awards in the following categories for the Marathon & Half Marathon:
Overall: Overall top 3 male and female finishers
Age Group: Overall top 3 male and female finishers in the following age groups:
19 & Under
20 – 24
25 – 29
30 – 34
35 – 39
40 – 44
45 – 49
50 – 54
55 – 59
60 – 64
65 – 69
70 – 74
75 & Over

Masters: First place finisher in the following categories for both male & female.
Masters (40+)
Grand Masters (50+)

The overall, age group and masters winners will receive awards to be presented at the post race celebration.

Note: All awards must be picked up on race day at the finish line festival. Awards will not be mailed out after the race.

Changing Races

Upgrade from the Half Marathon to the Full Marathon – There will be a $30 fee to upgrade from the Half Marathon to the Full Marathon to make of for the cost difference between the two distances. The deadline to upgrade is February 24, 2018.
Downgrade for the Full Marathon to the Half Marathon – There is no fees incurred or refunds given to downgrade from the Full Marathon to the Half Marathon. The deadline to downgrade is February 24, 2018.

Race Rules

Age Requirements: On the day of the race participants must meet the minimum age requirements. Half Marathon Participants must be at least 13 years old on the day of the race to participate. Full Marathon participants must be at least 18 years old on race day to participate
Refunds: Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. No exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your race number to anyone else, and you may not transfer your entry fee to future races.
Readiness: You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Marathon or Half Marathon.
Identification: You must show photo ID to receive your race number and timing chip.You must pick up your own race packet and race number.
Packet Pickup: Packet pick up will be at the expo , the day prior to the race, 10am to 5pm. Also, the day of the race starting at 5:30 am.
Race Numbers: Race numbers are required to participate.
Effort: The effort must be your own. No coaches, handcycles, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.
Time Limit: Official time limit for the Full Marathon will be 6 hours. Official time limit for the Half Marathon will be 4 hours.You must be able to complete which ever race you’re participating in within this limit. There will be no exceptions for any reason. After these time limits expire the course will be opened up to traffic and course support will not be available.

Medical Tents

Medical tents will be provided along the course and will be staffed with volunteer medical professionals. The locations along the route will be announced with the course map.

Other Information

Information Booths will be positioned at the start and finish to assist you with any race day questions and help you find your way. The Information Booths will also serve as the race day Lost & Found. Any valuables found at the start or finish should be turned in to the Information Booth. Items from the start will be transported to the finish.
Lost Items: Any valuable items NOT claimed at the finish by 3 pm will be moved off site and held for 3 days before being turned over to police.
Race Photography will be provided by Your Sporting Image. Photo’s will be available for sale through the Your Sporting Image website. www.yoursportingimage.com

Countdown!

Race Date: March 4, 2018
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