Children’s Hospital Jazz Half Marathon & 5K

The 12th annual Jazz Half Marathon & 5K will be held virtually in 2020

At Children’s Hospital New Orleans, our top priority has and always will be taking care of kids.

We are committed to keeping our patients, their families and our staff safe as we manage the global public health situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus).

That is why Children’s Hospital has made the decision to host the Jazz Virtual Challenge during October. This month-long challenge is a fun way for us to be Extraordinary Together from anywhere as we come together for our kids. You can bike, swim, hike, rollerblade, or "Move Your Own Way" for this challenge.

Participants receive sponsorships to help raise funds for Children’s Hospital and improve our ability to serve the medical needs of children in New Orleans and beyond. Thanks to events and programs like the Jazz Half Marathon, Children’s Hospital can continue to deliver high quality, affordable healthcare to the children in our community.

Jazz Virtual Challenge

Why Jazz Half?

You're running for the patients of Children's Hospital

The Party.

The Jazz Half Marathon & 5K boasts one of the best post-race parties around. Runners enjoy Louisiana food favorites like Jambalaya and Red Beans and Rice while famous New Orleans musicians entertain the crowds at Lafayette Square. Irma Thomas, Trombone Shorty, Kermit Ruffins, and Rockin Dopsie, Jr. are just some of the artists who have performed at previous Jazz Half marathons. The Mardi Gras Indians — icons of New Orleans culture — will also be on hand to take photos with runners at the finish line.

Volunteer for Jazz Half 2019

Each year, we require dozens of volunteers to help perform a variety of tasks, including food service, wristband sales, etc.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and must have their own transportation to and from the event. We ask that volunteers arrive at 6 am and stay until the conclusion of the Post-Race Party, usually around noon.

All volunteers receive a free t-shirt, food and drinks. And of course, great music at the Post-Race Party! CLICK HERE to register as a volunteer today!

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The patients at Children’s Hospital are strong, brave, and resilient Superheroes. But fighting illness is tough, even for a Superhero. That is why Every Superhero Needs a Sidekick….. Be a Jazz Half Sidekick and RUN FOR FREE

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