Northshore Half Marathon Course Description
The start and finish of the Northshore Half Marathon are in Fountainbleau State Park, under mossy oaks on Lake Pontchartrain.
Start to Mile 3
Runners begin with a 1.5 mile run out of Fountainbleau State Park, taking a left onto the highway. After a little more than a mile, runners take another left close to mile 3, 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 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. Get your hands up for some high fives as you pass Varsity Sports on Claiborne around mile 8.5.
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 in to 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 Fountainbleau 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!