NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, the City of New Orleans issued parking instructions and reminders in advance of the 2012 Jazz Half Marathon and 5K slated for Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 7:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. The event is expected to draw up to 4,000 runners to the city.
The half marathon race begins at 7:00 a.m. in the Central Business District at the corner of Poydras Avenue at Camp Street. The course heads east on Poydras and turns right onto Convention Center Blvd, heading south and U-turning just before Henderson Street. After turning left back onto Poydras Street the course follows Loyola Avenue, Howard Avenue, and turns at Lee Circle onto St. Charles Avenue for the three and a half miles to Audubon Park. Runners then loop around Audubon Park and head back downtown on St. Charles Avenue. Runners reach Lee Circle at mile thirteen. A quick right on Andrew Higgins followed by a left on Camp Street the finish line is on Camp Street at Lafayette Square.
The 5K race beings at 7:30 a.m. The course will follow the same route as the half marathon except the 5K runners will not proceed lake bound on Poydras past Loyola but will turn left onto Loyola and at Lee Circle the 5K runners will not proceed uptown on St. Charles but will proceed around Lee Circle to Andrew Higgins turn right onto Andrew Higgins to Camp, turn left onto Camp to the finish line located at Lafayette Square.
Streets used as part of the race course will be closed approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the race.
Race participants that are driving to the race are encouraged to park in downtown long- term lots and carpool whenever possible. A list of discounted parking lots can be found here.
The race course and area surrounding the starting line and Lafayette Square will become a no parking zone beginning 12:00 a.m. midnight Saturday evening.
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs, in the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the starting and finish line. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.
In addition, RTA services, including both streetcar lines and bus service will be interrupted along the course. Details on route changes are attached and available at www.norta.com.
Also, attached is of the Jazz Half Marathon map.