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Start to Mile 3
Runners begin with a 1.5 mile run out of Fontainebleau State Park, taking a left onto Highway 190. After a little more than a mile, runners take another left turn into residential areas with rolling hills.
Mile 4 to 6 – Lakefront
Taking a left off Montgomery and onto Jackson Ave., the course descends a slight hill to Lakeshore Drive, one of the most scenic and memorable parts of the route. Runners turn off Lakeshore just before mile 6 and head into more oak-shaded residential areas.
Mile 6 to 7.5 – Scream Street
This area is well-known as a cheer zone, not just from spectators and volunteers though. The course passes back on itself and both runners coming and going can cheer for friends on the course.
Mile 7.5 to 9 – Old Mandeville
The course heads through Old Mandeville, with a quaint shopping and entertainment district. Many runners find the miles continue to come easily as sponsors, cheer zones, and picturesque homes and businesses line the streets.
Mile 9 to 11.75 – Tammany Trace
Turning off of residential roads and onto the Tammany Trace path just past mile 9 means that runners are headed into the finish on a super flat and fast segment of the course. The sun begins to rise over the tree line and runners know visors or sunglasses may be needed here!
Mile 11.75 to Finish – Home Stretch
Turning off of the Trace, runners are back in Fontainebleau State Park and have approximately 1.5 miles to the finish. The ability to see virtually the entire last mile as you near the finish can be enticing to speed up, but it’s generally best to hold pace until coming around the last bend in the course.
Great crowd support, shady trees, Lake Pontchartrain in the distance, and the knowledge of food, drinks, massage, and friends awaiting you at the finish are enough to make the best home stretch in half marathons that much more bearable!
There is a four (4) hour course limit to complete the half marathon race, and a three (3) hour course limit to complete the 10 Miler race. This equates to an 18:00 min/mile pace, which can be a brisk walk. If you are unable to continue at this pace you will be helped into the SAG wagon and transported to the finish line. The Race Director and Race Staff reserve the right to turn Half Marathon runners onto the 10 Miler course if they are not holding the required mile pace at the time they reach the course split.
The Northshore Half Marathon & 10 Miler will feature mile markers at every mile and 11 well-supported water stations.