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A CLASSIC RACE RUNNING IN THE CRESCENT CITY
April is here, spring is in the air, and Jude and Luke have already finished off their Easter candy. Putting the kids’ baskets together and watching the excitement on their faces Easter morning never gets old. The chocolates and treats may go quickly, but I make sure I get my fair share! I don’t feel as guilty about indulging my sweet tooth on this particular Sunday, thanks to the Crescent City Classic. If you’ve never attended the Classic as either a runner or a bystander, I strongly recommend putting it on the calendar for next year. It’s held the Saturday before Easter, so the weather is almost always perfect. It truly is a local gem. If you see me at the finish line, feel free to come by and say hello. Just let me catch my breath first. I’ve competed in some great races all over the country, but nothing beats the Classic. It’s so unabashedly New Orleans. One of the oldest road races in the nation, the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) course literally encompasses our city’s history. Competitors run past the Superdome, through the French Quarter, and into City Park, making it a tour of New Orleans’ beauty and resilience. “I’ve competed in some great races all over the country, but nothing beats the Classic. It’s so unabashedly New Orleans.” Plus, there’s nothing like crossing the finish line into a full-blown Louisiana festival. As soon as the first runner comes in, City Park comes alive with jazz, Cajun barbecue, and cold drinks. The Classic is often credited with pioneering the whole idea of the “party race” and continues to be one of the best. Admittedly, I’m biased toward this event. A few years ago, I was among the top 500 finishers at the Classic. It was one of the proudest moments in my racing career. There’s just something about doing well
at a hometown race that makes the accomplishment feel that much more special. I’d like to do that well again, but this is one of those events where everyone has a blast no matter when they finish. The Crescent City Classic is just one more reason I love this town and this time of year. Between the race, Easter, and the Jazz & Heritage Festival later this month, there’s no shortage of opportunities to get out and enjoy the weather before the summer heat sets in. My family and I are lucky to call such a beautiful, vibrant community home.
From our family to yours, have a wonderful spring,
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