Race Details

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 ONLY, the day prior to the race, 10am to 7pm. There will be NO packet pick up on race day.

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.

Zydeco Relay Division

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.
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

Race Date March 4th, 2018