Crescent City Classic
April 4, 2015
April 4, 2015
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Now in its 36th year of attracting top runners from throughout the world, the annual Crescent City Classic has grown into one of New Orleans’ largest 10K races. This year’s CCC takes place on Saturday, April 19, at 8 a.m.
As it goes into its 37th year of attracting top runners from throughout the world, the annual Crescent City Classic has grown to become one of New Orleans’ largest 10K races. This year’s CCC is being staged on Saturday, April 4, starting at 8 a.m.
The race, which will begin in the vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Poydras Street and Loyola Avenue, takes participants through the financial district on Poydras, then up North Peters and Decatur streets past Jackson Square and the historic French Market. The course then proceeds up Esplanade Avenue, past elegant old homes, and on to the ancient, moss-draped oaks of City Park for a post-race celebration.
The total course length is 10,000 meters or 6.2 miles. The race is open to both runners and walkers.
Upcoming deadlines are February 17 (Mardi Gras Day), the last day those who wish to participate can do so for $40. After that the fee increases to $45. March 30, the Monday before the race) is the last day to pre-register online for $45. Online registration will be closed after that date. Late registration goes up to $50 and participants can register for that amount at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on April 2 and 3 (see details below).
At 7:45 a.m., when all participants are assembled in their starting positions, final announcements and dignitary welcomes will be made and the National Anthem will be played.
All starting areas will be color-coded and set up as “corrals” for the runners based on seeding and whether they are running or walking. Top-seeded (“elite”) runners who are expected to complete the race in 35 minutes or under will take off first, at 8:00 a.m., from the corner of Poydras Street and Loyola Avenue.
Following the elite runners, each corral will be moved up accordingly by color group. Colors on the bibs worn by the runners will tell them in which corral they should line up. Each group will take off in approximately three-minute intervals. Streets on the race course, as well as adjacent side streets, will be closed to vehicular traffic while the race is underway.
For a map showing more detail and color-coded instructions for the starting area, plus the entire course, visit the website.
Amenities Along the Route
Water stations & Port-o-lets will be placed at Mile Markers 1-5. All water stations will be available on both sides of the street. Port-o-lets will be placed on the right side of the street for all mile markers, except Mile 1 (where they will be off to the left).
Please be sure to hydrate prior and during the race. Nearly all health issues on Race Day are related to dehydration. New Orleans EMS units will be stationed throughout the course, and at the finish line, along with East Jefferson General Hospital personnel.
This year's post-race festival will be held from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Practice Track in City Park. Race participants and children under 12 get in for free. Family and friends who did not register for the race can pay a $10 cover charge to enter and enjoy the fun. Fest passes can be purchased at the Health & Fitness Expo or on-site on race day.
Free food, beer, water and fruit will be served. Live entertainment will be provided by one or two bands to be named later, and the Awards Ceremony will take place on the main stage.
Also, for kids (and adults) of all ages, a “Family Fun Zone” features an entire area designated for obstacle courses, inflatables, and a rock wall.
Health & Fitness Expo
The Crescent City Classic Health & Fitness Expo is in Elite Hall, Level 1 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel adjacent to the Superdome. Hours are 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3. It will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest in running apparel, shoes, exercise equipment, nutritional and wellness products, fitness services and much more.
The Expo is free and open to the public on both days.
The Expo is also where last-minute participants can sign up for the race for $50. Those who can provide documentation that they’ve completed a 10K race in 45 minutes or less will qualify for a higher-seeded starting group. Bib numbers can be picked up at the Expo upon showing a photo ID.
Participants are reminded to pick up their commemorative race T-shirts and download the CCC app and “virtual goodie bag card” for sample products, coupons and other information about race sponsors.
Private Party Tents
Those who wish to enjoy the post-race party with a measure of privacy can rent tents for their private parties at various sizes and price ranges or they can set up their own tents on-site by paying a non-refundable site rental fee for $250. Rental fees, depending on size, range from $250 to $550.
With each reservation, five passes are issued and additional passes are available for $10 a piece.
The 2015 official Crescent City Classic poster is now on sale, along with the posters of 2014 and 2013. All posters come in “Collector’s Editions” and “Gallery Editions,” with the Collector’s Editions being fewer in quantity and more valuable.
Other merchandise, including wearing apparel, commemorative cups and bags, water bottles, etc. are also available.
Half a dozen hotels in and around New Orleans have announced special discounted rates for racers and race-goers. Other hotels may come on board before the race.
Parking and Transportation
Free parking is available at City Park along Marconi Blvd. and in Marconi Meadows. (Note: Parking on the grassy median between lanes on Marconi Blvd. is illegal and cars parked there may be towed.) Additionally, nearby Delgado Community College has agreed to provide race participants with secure race parking in the lots on their campus for a fee of $20.
At 5:30 a.m., buses will begin transporting participants from the corner of Beau Bassich Circle (at the end of Roosevelt Mall, just outside of Tad Gormley Stadium) to Dave Dixon Drive near the start of the race at the Superdome. The last buses assured of reaching the starting line on time must leave City Park by 7:30 a.m.
You can avoid the pre-race bus lines and get to your starting area quicker if you park downtown. Garage 6 at the Superdome will be open and accessible from the Poydras/Superdome exit from I-10; parking will be $5 (cash only). There will also be parking at the 1301 Girod Street garage for race participants ($8 for up to six hours; must have bib number as proof).
Complimentary bus service is provided from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to return race participants from City Park to back downtown.
Visit the website for full details about transportation.
The Classic was organized in 1979 by the Crescent City Fitness Foundation and is name-sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The race is open to anyone who wishes to participate. It is a favorite with local runners and walkers from the New Orleans area, as well as world-class athletes who view this race as one of the top races of its kind.
Top times receive trophies and cash prizes. Limited edition Crescent City Classic race posters are given to the first 500 finishers and females with a race time under 44 minutes.
For information on the race or to register for the race online visit: www.ccc10k.com. Or you can call (504) 861-8686 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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