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A race for all, y’all: Crescent City Classic returns for Easter weekend tradition on April 8

NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - The Crescent City Classic, an annual Easter weekend tradition, is set to return to the streets of New Orleans on April 8.

For more than four decades, the Crescent City Classic has combined a world-class competition with a New Orleans-style procession. Known as “the originator of the party race,” the event attracts both international elite athletes and amateur participants wearing Easter-themed costumes.

“The biggest misconception about the Classic is that it’s for elite runners only,” race director Eric Stuart said.

Race officials say the Crescent City Classic is one of the only races that allow strollers, showcasing the family-friendly aspect of the event. However, this year, they plan to implement a separate corral specifically for runners with racing strollers.

“I think it’ll enhance the experience and won’t get faster runners caught up trying to get past slower runners,” Stuart said.

As one of Louisiana’s most popular road races, runners can also experience some of the most beautiful parts of the city during the trek. The course begins at the Caesars Superdome, heads through downtown into the French Quarter and Mid-City and ends at New Orleans City Park.

Starting in 1979, the Crescent City Classic is one of the oldest 10k races in the nation and the first to be nationally televised.

Last year, the race returned in-person for the first time in two years due to the pandemic. Organizers say it’s crucial to keep this event going for years to come.

The “Run for It” charity program also returns with a goal of raising $1 million for local nonprofits.

“It’s important because we are local, as a family, and we’re giving back to the locals in our area to create fun, fitness and, of course, donate to all the greater New Orleans charities that are part of our “Run For It” program,” operations director Kristen Stuart said.

The Crescent City Classic includes a full weekend of events including a free two-day health and fitness expo at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. The Michelob Ultra post-race party also returns to the City Park Festival Grounds with live music, beer, food and an awards ceremony.

For more information or the register, visit the Crescent City Classic website at www.ccc10k.com.

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