The Louisiana Distance Project ©

What We Do

The Louisiana Distance Project is a local New Orleans running and walking club with the single goal to help NOLA walkers and runners reach their maximum potential. Whether you're in New Orleans marathon training for that PR in an upcoming race or you just want some fun people to run or walk with, we got you covered. Come join us!

Who We Are

Distance Project members represent a broad range of people from recreational walkers and joggers to elite athletes. Our members come from all walks of life and professions. Diversity is what makes our club strong. The majority are non-competitive runners who set (and achieve!) personal goals and participate in local/regional events and enjoy the camaraderie of New Orleans marathon training or basic training with awesome people.

Our Training Programs: 2 Types

1. Race Training

We'll help you get ready for some of the popular races throughout the year with New Orleans marathon training. You'll get a training plan, a certified coach and you'll be surrounded with people after the same goal you are. Great for first-time racers or seasoned pros. Check out the races below.

2. 'Whatever' Training

We'll help you reach WHATEVER goal you have. Trying to get in better shape? Got an out-of-town race coming up? Just want to run or walk in good company? We got you covered! See more below.

All Distance Project Members Get

Distance Project - Singlet
  • A certified coach and mentors
  • Personalized training plan to help you succeed
  • LDP t-shirt or racing singlet
  • Weekly training sessions
  • 15% off all purchases at Louisiana Running + Walking Co.
  • Free personal training

Race Training - Races

All training program prices are based on the # of weeks you want to train.  Just click on the program you're interested in to see the pricing details. Got a group? Ask us about a discounted group rate.

Rock n' Roll Marathon

Distance: 26.2 miles
Program: 12 - 20 weeks
Race Day: March 3 & 4, 2018
Cost: $105 - $170

Shamrockin' 8k

Distance: 8k (4.9 mi)
Program: 4 - 8 weeks
Race Day: March 19, 2018
Cost: $35 - $70

Crescent City Classic 10k

Distance: 10k (6.2 mi)
Program:  4 - 10 weeks
Race Day: March 31, 2018
Cost: $35 - $88

Huey P Long Bridge Run

Distance: 5k (3.1 mi)
Program: 4 - 8 weeks
Race Day: May 13, 2018
Cost: $35 - $70

NOTC Anniversary

Distance: 5k (3.1 mi)
Program: 4 - 8 weeks
Race Day: August 14, 2017
Cost: $35 - $70

Jazz Half Marathon

Distance: 13.1 miles
Program: 12 - 20 weeks
Race Day: October 28, 2017
Cost: $105 - $170

'Whatever' training is perfect for you if:

  • You have a unique goal you're trying to meet.
  • You're not really "training" per se but just want to get in a good workout.
  • You're tired of going at it alone and want to workout with like-minded others.
  • You need some advice and motivation to reach your goals.
  • You run, walk or somewhere in between!

Here's what you get:

  • A certified coach and mentors
  • Customized training plan to get you from day 1 all the way to the finish line!
  • LDP t-shirt or racing singlet
  • 3 weekly group training sessions - Thursdays and Sundays
  • 15% off all purchases at Louisiana Running + Walking Co.
  • Free personal training

$35 / month

  • No commitments
  • Stop any time.

Meet The Coaches

Every person is different. Our coaches will tailor the program to meet your needs so you can overcome any obstacles and reach your goals. These guys know a thing or two about training! They'll be at every training practice and motivating you every step of the way.

Louisiana Distance Project - Coach Chaz Caido

Chaz Caiado

Chaz Caiado brings more to The Distance Project besides a glorious beard. He coaches the Louisiana Distance Project racing team and its training groups. Chaz also currently coaches cross country and track at Cabrini High School, and has coached numerous high school teams throughout his career.

Louisiana Distance Project - Coach Stephanie Hankins
Louisiana Distance Project - Coach Jennifer Neil

Stephanie Hankins

Stephanie Hankins is a former CPA and now co-owner of Louisiana Running + Walking Co. She ran track for Trinity University in San Antonio and still competes in many races around the area. She now also coaches high school track and field.


Jennifer Neil

Born in Metairie, Jennifer ran for Mt. Carmel Academy and LSU. Jennifer has coached and trained many individuals/groups over the years. She currently helps teach Guerre's Fit Camp classes in Harahan and volunteers for the New Orleans Track Club and the Women's New Life Center, while also enjoying spending time with her husband and 3 year old.


Louisiana Distance Project - Coach Patrick Gavin

Patrick Gavin

Born in Folsom, Pat ran for St. Paul’s High School and LSU before founding Louisiana Running Company in 2010. At LSU, he was a way better runner than his humble attitude reveals, covering a mile in 4:02, 5k in 14:30, and 10k in 30:20.  Pat can now usually be found alternating between racing in a bunny suit and complaining about how out of shape he is.

Got a question about The Louisiana Distance Project? Here's how to get a hold of us:

  • Call: 504-891-9999
  • Email:

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I train?
There are several group training days each week where you will be training with others that have the same goal as you.  You can come to as many of them as you want. You are not required to do any group training but you'll definitely have more fun if you do. Click on the program you're interested in to see the specific dates and times.

You will also be doing some training on your own. Your training plan will keep you on track.

Where will I train?
Group training will be done at City Park and along the levee in Metairie. You will receive a map with the exact location of where to meet up.

When does training start? How long is the program?
Each training program starts on a different date and runs for a specific number of weeks. Click on the program you're interested in to see the specific dates and times. You can adjust the number of training weeks to fit your schedule.

How much does the training program cost?
Each training program varies in price based upon the # of weeks you would like to train for.  Click on the program you're interested in to see the prices for each program.

When will I get my personalized training plan?
You will receive your training plan after your first training day. After you sign up, we will reach out to you with a few questions about your running habits and goals so we can personalize the plan to meet your needs.

I have a pretty hectic schedule. Can I change up the training schedule?
Of course. We can adjust the days and times you train to meet your schedule. If you would like to speed up or slow down the training plan or would like to start on a different date, just let us know.

I have some friends that want to train with me. Do you offer a discounted group rate?

I have more questions. Can I talk to someone?
You can reach us with any questions at or call any of our 3 area stores.