Race Information


The Jazz Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race running from Lafayette Square in downtown New Orleans to Audubon Park uptown and back. The Jazz 5K is a 3.25 mile race (a 5K with a little lagniappe) run in the downtown area. The post race party venue is the beautiful and historic Lafayette Square.

Medallions will be presented to ALL Half-Marathon and to the first 700 5K race finishers.


Saturday, October 26, 2019. The Half Marathon and the 5K will start at 7:00 am.

Runners will start in waves:
7:00 am: Competitive Runners ( pace per mile at 8:00 minutes or under)
7:02 am: Fitness Runners ( pace per mile at 12:00 per mile or under)
7:05 am: Casual Runners, ALL Walkers (pace slower than 12 minutes per mile)

Both the Half Marathon course and the 5K course are walker-friendly. We invite all walkers, joggers, and runners. Our course is family and stroller friendly.

The post-race activities, including refreshments and live music by local musicians, will start at 8:30 am and continue until noon.


The Jazz Half Marathon and 5K will begin and end at Lafayette Square. For parking information, CLICK HERE


To raise funds for Children’s Hospital, promote your health and fitness, and have a great time! And there's something in it for you, too. All Jazz Half Marathon (individual and two-person relay team registrants) will receive a technical shirt and a finishers' medallion. Jazz 5K participants will receive a commemorative cotton t-shirt. All participants will have admission to the post race party featuring complimentary food, beer, drinks and live music. Bystanders cheering on their friends and family running in the race can enjoy the post-race party by purchasing wristbands for $20 on site at the Information Booth, or call the Office of Development at Children's Hospital to purchase at 504-894-6876.


On behalf of the dedicated physicians, nurses, and staff of Children’s Hospital, the Jazz Half Marathon & 5K team want to offer our heartfelt thanks to you for joining our 11th Annual Jazz Half Marathon & 5K benefiting Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. You are truly a Children's Hospital Sidekick to our Superhero patients and we are so grateful for your support! You’re running not only for yourself, but for the 223,309 Primary and Specialty Care Clinic Visits, 50,000 children who come to our Emergency Department each year, and 7,079 Inpatient visits every year at Children’s Hospital. You’ve made a commitment to the kids of our region; to ensure they all have access to the only free-standing, full service pediatric hospital in Louisiana and the Gulf South. With your help, the funds raised by the Jazz Half Marathon & 5k will be put to work immediately:

  • Enabling Children’s Hospital to provide critical care for the sickest children and babies
  • Conducting life-saving research projects
  • Serving families who otherwise could not afford quality healthcare
  • Remaining at the forefront of pediatric healthcare advancements

For more information about Children's Hospital, please click here.