Lafayette hosted it's first annual Zydeco Marathon. The event brought people from all over the country and beyond for a unique combination of zydeco music, great food, and running.
Over 2,200 people from 28 states outside of Louisiana and three other countries participated here in Lafayette, exceeding expectations. "It's unbelievable, few marathons start with this much success," said Dee Stanley, Lafayette Chief Administrative Officer.
Stanley said he hopes those who attended out of state will be great ambassadors to tell the world about our community. The Zydeco Marathon had been in the works for a little over a year. Race Director Michael Howard said he's happy to see how the event has come together.
"All our hard work is finally coming to fruition.We had an excellent start, we had an amazing turnout for this race. We couldn't ask for better weather. Things just really lined up and it couldn't have been better, " said Howard.
The event was a USA track and fired sanction and certified full and half marathon. It also serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. Great news for first place runner, Johnathan Granger from New Iberia.
"I've been training really hard since last November to get prepared for the Boston marathon and that's in 3 weeks so I wanted to come here to see what kind of shape I was in. Well, I'm in pretty good shape. I think I'm ready for Boston," said Granger.
Granger finished the race in 1 hour 14 minutes and 12 seconds. At 43-years-old, he said it's his fastest time since turning 40-years-old. One of the youngest in the competition, 14-year-old Kaytlynn Welsch was the first female to finish the race.
"I'm really glad I ran this one. This is my first race in Louisiana. I'm from Texas," said Welsch. The event was very successful and it's one organizers plan to continue.