A few words about the history of the Hotter than Hell Marathon from the race director:
The Hotter Than Hell Marathon for RaceMD, is a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Non-Profit.
The run began with a few friends training for a marathon in July. They were running loops in Audubon Park overnight and when they hit 20 miles, one of them decided that they should just continue to the full 26.2 miles thus the marathon began.
A few years later, one of the guys had a grandson that was born with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The group turned the traditional July marathon into a fundraiser for RaceMD. Over the years, the participants have grown from a group of 6 to over 200 participants at the 2019 marathon prior to the pandemic. 2020 & 2021 were virtual years and this year the venue was relocated to LaSalle Park in Metairie. Audubon Park was not an option available to Hotter Than Hell.
The marathon is comprised of 13 loops around the park for a total of 26.2 miles. Participants are on the honor system and track each lap on a white board. The marathon can be completed in any self powered way, mostly run or walk but bikes are also allowed and a few years we have had roller blades and even a skateboarder.
RaceMD®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was formed in 2009 to accelerate the search for intermediate therapies to prolong the lives and health of children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). In the muscle cells of DMD patients, injury is ongoing, every second of every day. That makes our mission a race.
Donation can still be made at Hotter Than Hell Marathon for RaceMD Online Donations (runsignup.com). Every $ collected will go to these DMD boys.