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Mardi Gras Madness 5K

Sun February 11, 2024 Lake Charles, LA 70601 US Directions


Mardi Gras Madness 5K

11:45AM CST - 12:30PM CST
Open to ages 1 - 100.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


Police Jury Parking Lot
Corner of W. Pujo Street & Pithon Street
Lake Charles, LA US 70601



Mardi Gras Madness 5K

Race Route:
New in 2024! Route changed to an out and back race.

Start & End = Corner of West Pujo Street & Pithon Street. Travel South on Pithon Street and turn left onto Kirby Street. Travel East on Kirby Street. Turn right onto Ryan Street and travel south. Run along parade route on Ryan Street. Turn around at 17th Street (near Casa Manana). Return back to start via Ryan Street then turn left onto East Kirby Street, right onto Pithon Street to Finish.

This race route coincides with the Children's Mardi Gras parade route. The course travels along the parade route. The energy from the crowd along the route is motivating and joyful.

$30 = January 4-28, 2024
$35 = January 29 - February 7, 2024

T-shirt guarantee cut off: Sunday, 1/28/24 (Be sure to register early to guarantee a race shirt!)

Online registration closes Wednesday, 2/7/24 at 11:59PM

Age based pricing: Registration fees for registrants 65 years or older is discounted. T-shirts are not provided to registrants in this category. If you would like a shirt, purchase a shirt as an "Add-on" before checkout.

$40 = Race day registration on Sunday, February 11, 2024


Packet Pick-Up:

Friday, February 9, 2024

Where: Athlete's Corner, 1737 W. Sale Road

When: 12:30PM-5:00PM


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Where: Police Jury Parking lot, 110 West Kirby Street. Parking lot between Pithon Street & Ryan Street. Near the corner of West Pujo Street & Pithon Street. 

When: 10:30AM-11:15AM

Look for the blue Lake Area Runner's tent in the parking lot across from Botsky's.
Important note = Registered participants need photo identification. Proxy pickup is allowed for immediate family members, husband/wife/sibling, with identification. 

Race day schedule:

****ATTN: Race day schedule may change due to start time of Children's parade.****
10:30AM- Packet pickup and race day registration opens
11:15AM- Packet pickup and race day registration closes
11:25AM- Pre race meeting

11:30AM- All runners must report to the start line

11:45AM- Race begins. We will begin the race promptly at 11:45AM
12:30PM- Awards & post race food                                                                              

Race begins = 11:45AM  *Be prepared if start is slightly earlier!!



Overall Male & Female  = King Cake + king and queen presentation
Age Group = Top male & female (1st & 2nd) in the following age groups 5-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 +


T-shirts are guaranteed to those who register by January 28, 2024. Those who registered after deadline may pick up shirts after race on a first come first serve basis. 


Post race food and fun:

Finish food includes boudin, King cakes, and beverages. The parade will begin immediately following the race. Stick around for parade and beads!Post race food and fun.


Refund Policy:

Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate.
There are absolutely NO refunds, deferrals, or bib exchanges.
Lake Area Runners does not issue refunds if the event is cancelled due to circumstances out of our control such as: Acts of God, weather conditions, public health emergencies, acts of terrorism, etc.
We work incredibly hard to put on our races and we personally understand the training and hard work our runners undergo, so the last thing we’d ever want to do is have to cancel. We will run, rain or shine! Your safety as well as our volunteers is our utmost priority. If we foresee dangerous conditions that warrant cancellation, we will update you as soon as a decision is made via email and on our FaceBook page.

This race route coincides with the Children's Mardi Gras parade route. If the City of Lake Charles/ Mardi Gras Association/ or other determines the route is unsafe for any reason (weather, or other) and cancels the parade route event, Lake Area Runners will be required to cancel the Mardi Gras Madness 5K.
If race is cancelled, notifications of cancellation will be posted to the @LakeAreaRunners and @LakeAreaRunnersForum sites on Facebook.


Parking available at the Lake Charles Event Center. Limited parking available in the Policy Jury lot on Pithon Street. Do not park on Pithon Street, Kirby Street, nor West Pujo Street!


Lake Area Runners Events:

Mardi Gras Madness 5K = Sunday, February 11, 2024

Athlete's Corner 3Miler = Saturday, March 16, 2024

Contraband Days 5Miler = Saturday, May 4, 2024

LAR's 4 on the 4th = Thursday, July 4, 2024

Swamp Stomp half marathon = Saturday, December 14, 2024


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