Crescent City Classic
April 19, 2014
April 19, 2014
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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.
The Classic was organized in 1979 and is 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.
Runners with 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. This year’s race will benefit the American Cancer Society and nine other charities.
For information on the race or to register online visit www.ccc10k.com, call (504) 861-8686, or email email@example.com. Deadline for online registration is midnight April 14.
The race, which begins in the vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Poydras Street and Loyola Avenue, takes participants through the financial district on Poydras, then up Decatur Street 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.
As the race starting time approaches, runners will be moved forward to the actual starting area at three-minute increments. The race will begin exactly at 8:00 for Elites, Group A & Group B. Group C will start at 8:03 a.m. and each consecutive group will begin three minutes thereafter.
Water stations & Port-o-lets will be placed at Mile Markers 1-5. 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). All water stations will be available on both sides of the street. Please be sure to hydrate prior and during the race.
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. Crescent City Classic participants enjoy free entry, while family and friends who did not register for the race can pay a $5 cover charge to enter and enjoy the fun.
Free food, beer, water and fruit will be served. Live entertainment will be provided by Bonerama and Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and the Awards Ceremony will take place on the main stage.
The Crescent City Health and Fitness Expo will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel adjacent to the Superdome on Thursday and Friday, April 17 and 18. It will feature exhibitors showcasing the latest in running apparel, shoes, exercise equipment, nutritional and wellness products, fitness services and much more.
The Fitness Expo is also open to the public from 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. both days.
Private Party Tents
This year, 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 site rental fee.
With each reservation, five passes are issued and additional passes are available for $5 apiece. For more specific information and prices go to www.ccc10k.com/festival/private-party-tents.html
The 2014 official Crescent City Classic poster is now on sale, along with the posters of 2013 and 2012. All posters come in “Collector’s Editions” and “Gallery Editions,” with the Collector’s Editions being fewer in quantity and more valuable.
To check out this year’s CCC poster and those of the previous two years go to www.ccc10k.com/merchandise.html
Race participants can pick up their t-shirts at the Expo or at the post-race party in City Park. Bib numbers must be present to claim T-shirts.
A dozen hotels in and around New Orleans have announced special discounted rates for racers and race-goers. To view a list of these hotels and their rates go to the following link: www.ccc10k.com/hotels.html.
Parking and Transportation
Free parking is available at City Park along Marconi Blvd. and in Marconi Meadows. (Note: Parking on the grassy median along Marconi Blvd. is illegal.) 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.There is ample parking and complimentary bus service is provided from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. to return race participants from City Park to back downtown.
Go to www.ccc10k.com/ccc-race-details.html for full details about transportation and other details.