The Crescent City Classic, the annual New Orleans Easter weekend tradition, will look a little different in 2021 with its return as a virtual race due to COVID-19.
One thing that will not change is the Crescent City Classic’s commitment to supporting local charities. Runners can still choose to help fundraise for more than a dozen charities.
Similar to last year, registered runners can complete the virtual 10k race solo with a 6.2 mile-course of their choice between Thursday, April 1 through Monday, April 5.
“Run For It,” the official charity program of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k, sets an annual goal of raising $1 million dollars for local charity partners. This year, charity runners can commit to raising a minimum of $100 for their charity by April 5.
“One of the big things that went into our decision to go with a virtual race again this year is trying to give back to our charities,” race director Eric Stuart said. “They’re the ones that are hurting more than anybody right now.”
Official charity runners receive various perks and incentives for joining the program, including a personal online fundraising page. Race officials will also debut a new long-sleeve version of the official Crescent City Classic t-shirt as an added bonus for Run For It program participants.
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All of the money raised will be donated directly to and benefit selected charity partners.
Many local charity partners say the Crescent City Classic has a huge impact on fundraising efforts and creates memorable, heartfelt moments for the communities they serve.
“The Crescent City Run for It Program has been very beneficial to our organization, not only monetarily but the awareness that it brings to our organization,” said Wendy Magee, director of operations at CASA Jefferson.
Race participants can run for one of this year’s selected charities when they sign up for the race at www.ccc10k.com.
“This gives them an opportunity to go out and raise very valuable dollars for all the worthy causes that they do throughout the city of New Orleans,” Stuart said.
Here’s the list of participating charities for 2021:
Runners or walkers looking to participate in the virtual race with a charity organization or as a regular participant can register now. Find out more race details and registration information at the website, www.ccc10k.com.
Created in partnership with the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City City Classic