Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon
Date Late February
Location New Orleans, Louisiana U.S.A. United States
Event type Road
Distance Marathon and half marathon
Established 1965
Official site Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon
At the starting line for the 2010 Mardi Gras Marathon

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon is an annual international marathon race which takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States. It is part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series of road running competitions and it also features the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon.

The event, held since 1965 (but not in 1968), was taken over by Competitor Group for the 2010 edition and adopted the Rock 'n' Roll Series name after its takeover.[1] For the first edition, the marathon was run as an open class or mass race while the half marathon formed the elite section of the event. The elite competition started strongly, with Martin Lel beating Samuel Wanjiru in the men's section while Berhane Adere and Kim Smith ran the fastest and third-fastest times ever on American soil, for first and second place respectively.[2] A total of around 13,000 runners participated in the day's events.[1] Kim Smith returned in 2011 to set a 19-second personal best of 1:07:36, a new U.S. all-comer's record for the women's half marathon.[3]

Past winners[edit]

Martin Lel beat Olympic champion Samuel Wanjiru to win the first half marathon race.


Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s) Ref
45th 2010  Paul Wachira (KEN) 2:22:31  Karen Barlow (AUS) 2:46:06 [4][5]
46th 2011  Fred Joslyn (USA) 2:18:49  Joasia Zakrzewski (SCO) 2:47:25 [6][7]
47th 2012  Meyer Friedman (USA) 2:27:02  Meggan Franks (CAN) 2:49:06 [8]
48th 2013  Meyer Friedman (USA) 2:28:43  Karen Lockyer (NZL) 2:52:23 [9]
49th 2014  Ben Bruce (USA) 2:21:56  Andrea Duke (USA) 2:58:55
50th 2015  John Brigham (USA) 2:28:45  Samantha Gardner (USA) 3:03:41
51st 2016  Geoffrey Burns (USA) 2:24:57  Meggan Franks (CAN) 2:51:50
52nd 2017  Clay Emge (USA) 2:34:14  Hannah Cooling (USA) 2:50:28

Half marathon[edit]

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
45th 2010  Martin Lel (KEN) 1:01:07  Berhane Adere (ETH) 1:07:52
46th 2011  Josphat Boit (KEN) 1:03:57  Kim Smith (NZL) 1:07:36
47th 2012  Shadrack Biwott (KEN) 1:04:23  Gabriela Traña (CRC) 1:16:31 (NR)
48th 2013  Mo Farah (GBR) 1:00:59 (NR)  Meseret Defar (ETH) 1:07:25
49th 2014  Liam Burke (USA) 1:11:35  Karen Lockyer (NZL) 1:20:29
50th 2015  Mike Popejoy (USA) 1:05:18  Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (USA) 1:12:22
51th 2016  Emil Dobrowolski (POL) 1:04:16  Neely Spence Gracey (USA) 1:14:19
52nd 2017  Jack St. Marie (USA) 1:09:04  Neely Spence Gracey (USA) 1:11:02

NOTE: 45th refers to the 45th Mardi Gras Marathon overall; Competitor Group began organising the race in 2010.


  1. ^ a b Fitzgerald, Matt (2010-02-28). Lel, Adere Win Inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon. Competitor Group. Retrieved on 2010-03-02.
  2. ^ Cruz, Dan (2010-03-01). Adere clocks 1:07:52, Lel beats Wanjiru at New Orleans Half Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-02.
  3. ^ Kim Smith Runs Fastest Half Marathon On U.S. Soil. Competitor Group. Retrieved on 2011-02-14.
  4. ^ 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras – Marathon Results. 2010-02-28. Retrieved on 2012-05-11.
  5. ^ Astleford, Andrew (2010-03-01). Kenyan Paul Wachira, Australian Karen Barlow win Rock 'n' Roll Mardi Gras Marathon. New Orleans Running. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.
  6. ^ 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras – Marathon Results. 2011-02-13. Retrieved on 2012-05-11.
  7. ^ Fred Joslyn, Joasia Zakrzewski won the Rock 'n' Roll Mardi Gras Marathon. Retrieved on 2011-02-14.
  8. ^ 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras – Marathon Results. 2012-03-04. Retrieved on 2012-05-11.
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