The world's first running marathon occurred by accident after members of the ancient Adidas tribe strung their laundry line at the front of what turned out to be the cave of a temperamental cheetah. Continue the grand marathon tradition with today's Groupon: for $37, you get registration for The Louisiana Marathon’s inaugural race through the Baton Rouge area, taking place on Sunday, January 15, 2012 (a $75 value).
The Louisiana Marathon’s inaugural race runners will traverse 26.2 miles of flat Baton Rouge terrain through an aural zephyr of live local music and the cheering of spectators during the press-praised fitness fest. When the gun goes off at 7 a.m., asphalt-slapping feet carry racers pattering past the lakes and river, sprinting through downtown, tunneling under the crayfish forest, and winding through historic neighborhoods in a race that's certified as a Boston Marathon qualifier. Each leg-lifter gets a sea of swag that includes a finisher's medal, access to the Finish Line Festival, and digital photo proof of the runner crossing the finish line. A UHF timing tag dutifully tracks dashers' times, and personalized, name-encrusted bibs protect participants eating buttered lobster as they run. The event has a multi-race format that also includes a half-marathon, 2- and 4-person relays, a 5K, and a kids' marathon in which grownups sitting in front threaten to turn this race around if runners don't settle down and stop antagonizing their younger siblings. Register online by August 31, 2011.
103 France St.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802Get Directions