45TH NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS MARATHON
FEB. 1, 2009

Course Photo-Documentation

By running photographer Rodney Pygoya Chang
all photographs copyrighted 2009 by Rodney Chang

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No, not a UFO landing!

Starting line at the Superdome, home of the NFL New Orleans Saints and location of  last Feb.'s Sugar Bowl 
between the Hawaii Warriors and the Georgia Bulldogs

 

 

 

Security at Starting Line area

 

 

 

Readying for the start

 

 

 

"Thanks For Coming" 

 

 

 

Only Hawaiian to fly over for the marathon race flashes the Shaka Aloha sign

 

 

 

Waiting behind me

 

 

 

 

Waiting in front of me; Starting Line in distance under red lights above; temperature about 50F.

 

 

 

Approaching the starting line under the banner!

 

 

 

And I start running at last, after all day and night flying from Honolulu to San Fancisco to Denver to New Orleans.
(Started Thursday night, checked in at race registration Sat. afternoon, run started Sunday at 7 a.m.)

 

 

 

AT&T building

 

 

 

Run starts going through downtown towards the French Quarters

 

 

 

 

 

 

We enter the French Quarters - famous for jazz, rock, drinking, women, antiques and partying.

 

 

 

It's Sunday morning. Walking the streets the night before reveals streets packed with visitors and revelers on a Sat. Nite.
Music blared out from all the different business establishments.

 

 

 

We make our way past hotel of DESIRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 mile mark right in the French Quarters!

 

 

 

 

Lots of iron grill balaconies to drink and watch the crowds below.

 

 

 

Ahead, the distant  boundary of this historic section of the city.

 

 

 

A French Quarters photo opportunity for this visiting Hawaiian runner

 

 

 

On  Dumaine between Bourbon and Royal

 

 

 

A side street off the marathon course on Dumaine

 

 

 

Now we turn unto Royal Street of the French Quarters, here more antique
and art galleries than bars and restaurants like on Bourbon Street.

 

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