Sun March 28, 2021 New Orleans, LA 70116 US Directions

Virtual Half Marathon

Increases to $60 after the first 300 people register. (88 spots left) Registration ends March 28, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT

Virtual 5K

Increases to $30 after the first 400 people register. (116 spots left) Registration ends March 28, 2021 at 11:59pm CDT
BDR NOLA 2021 will now be virtual only.

Greetings Best Damn Runners,

The 2021 version of the Best Damn Race New Orleans will unfortunately be VIRTUAL only. The City of New Orleans will not be permitting events for an undetermined amount of time. This is heartbreaking as this will now be two years in a row. The 2022 Live event will take place on April 3, 2022.

We are going to give you multiple options as follows:


Go Virtual: Get a medal, shirt, sticker, bib, bag mailed to you and log your time on our website! Half Marathoners will get a bonus item (TBD)!

Defer to 2022: We can move your entry (at no charge) to April 3, 2022.

Refund: Receive a full refund of your race fee (but not your RunSignup processing fee)For example. If you paid $20 for your 5K + $2.50 for your processing fee, you will get $20 refund (Not $22.50)
If you paid $60 for your Half Marathon + $4.35for your processing fee, you will get $60 back (not $64.35). 

How do I make my choice? 

Go Virtual:
Click Here and type in your current mailing address. We will send out your virtual package in March!
You DO NOT need to response to this email. You will be able to log your virtual 5K or 10K time between the March 22nd through March 28, 2021. Your goodie bag will be shipped out March 1st - March 15th to arrive to you by race week. 

Defer me to 2022:
Please email us at with  "please defer my New Orleans entry to 2022."
Please note that if you have multiple registrations for your family, to include all names you want deferred. 
ex. Defer myself Karen Smith + My partner John Smith.  If John is under a different email, please add that email. 

Refund Me:
Please email us at with"please refund my New Orleans race." 
Please note that you will be refunded your race fee, but not your RunSignup processing fee. Again, if you have multiple registrations for your family, please include the names of all the people that you want refunded. If you were a 2020 deferral, then a refund is not an option because the system won't allow us to process a refund for entries over a year old. This stinks. We know. So the best we can do is virtual or defer. Refunds will take up to 10 business days pending the speed of your financial institution. 

Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you at a BDR race soon.

-BDR Team

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

701 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA US 70116

The 5th Annual Best Damn Race New Orleans features a Half Marathon and 5K on March 28, 2021. Best Damn Race ® is a running series created for runners by runners. Our goal is to provide a big race experience at a local race price. It doesn’t matter if you are an elite runner, first timer, walker, or using a baby jogger, we want you to have the best DAMN race experience.

Race Contact Info

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Best Damn Referral Program
  • Sign up for Best Damn Race New Orleans
  • Once your registration is complete, you will receive a unique referral link to share with your friends, family or post on social media
  • Get 5 friends to sign up using your unique referral link and you will automatically receive up to a refund of $25.00. Boom!
  • Get 10 friends to sign up and you get up to $25 more + a swag reward!
  • Get 15 friends to sign up and you get up to $25 more + another swag reward!
  • *Your max refund is will be equal to the amount you paid for your registration. (Ex. If you paid $50 for your Half marathon entry you will get a max of $50 refund)

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