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From Start to Finish, Lake Area Runners Stay on the Move

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As Southwest Louisiana’s premier running club, Lake Area Runners (LAR) is a nonprofit organization that supports the regional running community of more than 2,000 runners by organizing its major road races and fun runs. The club’s long-standing events include:

  • Four-Miler on the Fourth
  • The Run Forest Run 5K
  • St. Patrick’s Day 3-Miler
  • The Swamp Stomp Half Marathon

As the organization’s most popular race, the Contraband Days 5-Miler attracts runners from across the state and is a premier event for the Contraband Days Festival.

While the majority of LAR’s revenue supports races, additional funds are given to assist local charities and support McNeese State University.

LAR members not only receive substantial discounts at race events but also with sponsoring businesses. In addition, they form lasting friendships with others in the running community who are also dedicated to the sport.