Crescent City Classic

April 10, 2008 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Saturday , March 22, 2008
New Orleans, Louisiana

The Crescent City Classic is “one of the world’s great 10k races.”  Thousands gather each Easter Saturday to run, jog, walk, or drink their way along the 6.2 mile route from the French Quarter to the City Park.  Some even come in costume! 

We got up at a ridiculous hour and drove in to NOLA from Long Beach, MS to line up at the start before 8:30 am.  My brother and his smokin’ hot girlfriend ran the whole thing, so my mom and I just told them we’d see them at the end.  We listened to the Navy band finished play the national anthem, heard the canons fire (loud! be prepared), and watched thousands of people start streaming across the start line.  We met up with my aunt and cousin and got started about 10 minutes after the official time began.

We saw several teams walking with kegs.  One team even had a chair on the keg wagon – I guess it was in case someone got too drunk/tired to go on. 

We saw people dressed up in odd costumes – and we loved them.  (Please pay no attention to my terribly unflattering outfit; I was going for comfort.)

At almost every mile marker, there were several tables set up with water and people handing out cups of water.  Very nice.  We took a picture of my mom at each one, and she pretended to get more and more tired along the way – hilarious!

 

At the halfway point, there was a group handing out free beer and hot dogs in partial band uniforms.  They were out of hot dogs by the time we got there, but it was hilarious.  Once the last person got to their table, they finished out the race in comedic fashion.

My mom and I enjoyed another stop at about the halfway point at a Community Coffee House.  We decided we’ll do that again next time we do the race.  There was fun all long the way – people handing out beads, people waving pom poms and cheering the runners and walkers, fun groups going through the race together, pretty flowers, and interesting architecture.  And, of course, free beer (Abita was one of the sponsors and had plenty to offer at the end of the race in City Park).  We had a blast and would definitely enjoy repeating the experience.

 

More pictures (and those above in larger format) are here.

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