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Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon

The Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon is just a few years old, but already it has a reputation for producing fast times. The best evidence comes from the half marathon, held at the same time on essentially the same course, where New Zealand’s Kim Smith set an all-time record for this distance on U.S. soil, running 1:07:36 in 2011.

What makes the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon so fast? It’s not just the pancake-flat course and the predictably cool weather in early March. It’s also the energizing live bands performing jazz, Cajun, and other Big Easy music at almost every mile.

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