Mardi Gras 5K


Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10:00 AM

Veterans Memorial and Causeway Blvd, Metairie

Presented by Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken
Jennifer Van Vrancken

Join us for a new 5K race along the Metairie Mardi Gras parade route. The first 600 preregisitered participants will receive a race medal. All participants will be well placed for a day of carnival activities.

Post-race entertainment features headlining musical acts at Jefferson Parish's 10th Annual Family Gras festival. Complete lineup will be announced at a later date. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, admission is free and open to the public. Following the Family Gras music festival lineup will be the Krewe of Caesar Mardi Gras parade along the traditional Veterans Memorial Boulevard route.

The Mardi Gras 5K is open to all runners and walkers, NOTC members and nonmembers alike.

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Date and Time

Saturday, February 18, 2017
9:00 AM – Race-day registration and packet pick-up opens
10:00 AM – Start of 5K race



The 5K course is out and back on Veterans Memorial Blvd and Bonnabel Blvd, using the westbound lanes of Veterans and the southbound lanes of Bonnabel.

Course Map


Awards will be distributed shortly after the race. There is no duplication of awards – Overall, Youth, Master, Grandmaster, and Senior award winners are not eligible for age group awards.

5K Awards

  • 1st Overall Open Male and Female
  • 1st Youth Male and Female (15 and under)
  • 1st Master Male and Female (40 and over)
  • 1st Grandmaster Male and Female (50 and over)
  • 1st Senior Male and Female (60 and over)
  • 1st Racewalker Male and Female
  • 1st and 2nd Male and Female in age groups 15-under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80-over

It is the responsibility of athletes that finish in the awards to note any necessary corrections on race day. If an error is discovered post-race we'll be happy to correct your results and update the website accordingly. However, if you do not inform us of this issue before your award is given out we will no longer have an award to give to you and we can't remake awards.

Timing and Scoring

The races will be electronically timed and scored. You must wear your race bib and D-tag properly to be scored. Your race bib must be worn on the front of your torso and be visible at the finish line. Your D-tag must be worn properly on one of your shoes. See Chronotrack D-Tag Instructions for details.

Preliminary results will be posted at the race site at the conclusion of the race. Full results will be published on the NOTC web site after the race.

Official race results are scored by gun time. Net (or chip) times are published for informational purposes only.

Race Premium

T-shirts guaranteed to pre-registered participants only. Race premiums are guaranteed to preregistered participants only and will be distributed to late and race-day registrants while supplies last.


Post-race refreshments include Kentwood Springs water, beer from Southern Eagle, fruit from Whole Foods Market, bananas, Elmer's Chee-Wees, and Baker Maid king cakes.

Host Hotel

Hampton Inn Metairie

The Hampton Inn Metarie is the host hotel for the event. A special rate of $122.00 per night (taxes not included) is available. Book your room here or call 504-831-7676 by January 27. To receive the group rate mention the "Mardi Gras 5K" group code MG5.


Registration is open to NOTC members and nonmembers alike. All participants must be registered and wear an official race bib while on the course.

Entry Fees

Opening Specials

  • $17.00 – NOTC member registered by 1:00 AM Sep 1
  • $20.00 – Nonmember registered by 1:00 AM Sep 1
  • Available for online registrations only

NOTC Member

  • $20.00 – Registered Sep 1 thru Dec 28
  • $25.00 – Registered Dec 29 thru Jan 11
  • $30.00 – Registered Jan 12 thru Feb 13
  • $35.00 – Race day registration


  • $25.00 – Registered Sep 1 thru Dec 28
  • $30.00 – Registered Dec 29 thru Jan 11
  • $35.00 – Registered Jan 12 thru Feb 13
  • $35.00 – Race day registration

Youth (20-Under)

  • $20.00 – Registered thru Feb 13
  • $25.00 – Race day registration

NOTC Family

  • $60.00 – Registered thru Feb 13
  • No late or race day registration

Family registration is available to NOTC member families registered thru February 13 only and includes registration for two adults and other family members age 20 and under living in the same household. Separate entry forms are required for each family member.

Entry fees are non-refundable. Sorry, no exceptions.

Online Registration

Online registration is open through Monday, February 13.

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Fax and Email Registration

Completed entry forms may be faxed or emailed to the NOTC office with payment by credit card only.

Fax: 504-304-2327

Faxed or emailed entries must be received by Thursday, February 9.

Mail-In Registration

Completed entry forms may be mailed along with payment by check or credit card to:

New Orleans Track Club
PO Box 52003
New Orleans, LA 70152-2003

Mailed entries must be postmarked by Thursday, February 9.

Race Day Registration

Race day registration will be available at the race site starting at 9:00 AM. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card. Credit card must be presented.

Packet Pickup

Early packet pickup will be available Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 PM at Louisiana Running + Walking Company in Metairie at 3020 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Late registration will be available at packet pickup.

Race-day packet pickup will start at 9:00 AM at the race site.

Safety Policies


The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the New Orleans Track Club encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of this race.


The New Orleans Track Club strongly recommends against the participation of baby strollers/joggers in road races. The reason for this recommendation is that the inclusion of strollers in races increases the potential for injury to race participants and children.

The NOTC has no objection to and does not discourage the safe and prudent use of strollers or baby joggers in individual training situations. If allowed in a race, stroller or baby joggers or similar devices should be started in the back of the runners and walkers.


Dogs should not be brought to this event for the safety of all participants and volunteers.

Volunteers Needed

Please consider being a volunteer. Volunteers receive a race premium or T-shirt and refreshments from our sponsors as well as the satisfaction of assisting the NOTC in fulfilling its mission to promote running and fitness in the community. Sign up on our website or call 504-304-2326.

Race Administration

The Mardi Gras 5K is owned and produced by the New Orleans Track Club, a not-for-profit organization and a member of the Road Runners Club of America and USA Track & Field. For more information contact the NOTC via email at or phone 504-304-2326.