Crescent City Classic: 9 Race Day Reminders

A new twist includes a vintage 1970s race theme this year. Here's what else you need to know before you go.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic celebrates its 40th anniversary this Saturday. Each year, the 10-kilometer race draws tens of thousands of runners and walkers to participate in the Easter weekend tradition. Plus, race organizers add a cool, new twist this year -- a vintage 70s-inspired theme. Check out this list of race day reminders before you head out.

Get there early!

The official start time of the Crescent City Classic is 8 a.m. However, race organizers say participants should get set in their starting positions on Poydras Street by 7:30 a.m. So, wake up early, and get out there. You can people watch while you wait!

Figure out your parking logistics ahead of time.

Don’t wait until race day to figure out parking plans. Limited free parking is available in City Park, where the race ends. The Crescent City Classic will offer complimentary shuttle buses for participants — picking up in City Park at Beau Bassich Circle. However, event organizers say the last bus will depart at 7:45 a.m. There’s also tons of parking options Downtown. The Superdome will offer parking in garage six for $10 (cash only). The Premium Parking Garage on 1301 Girod Street will also have parking for race participants ($8 for up to six hours, accessible from Loyola Ave). Find out more information about parking options and shuttle buses here.

Make sure you know your corral color ahead of time.

With at least 25,000 participants making their way to the start line, things can get pretty hectic. Make sure you know your starting position prior to the race. Look at your bib color to find your starting corral. The Crescent City Classic features a map with all the corrals here.

Don't forget to wear sunscreen.

Before you head out to the race, make sure you protect yourself from long hours of sun exposure. Lather yourself in sunscreen before heading out. This year the race is a little later than usual, so be prepared for a little more sun.

Prepare for the weather.

In New Orleans, you never know what to expect from the weather. Make sure to bring sunglasses if you normally run with them. Also, maybe bring some layers in case the early morning starts off a little cool. Keep up with the weekend weather from our meteorologists or keep your FOX 8 Weather App handy.

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Don't try to break in a new pair of shoes.

Experienced runners may already know this tip, but newbies may want to take note. The Crescent City Classic is not the place to break in a new pair of running shoes. There is a process to breaking in running shoes. Wearing new shoes during a race can work against your body.

Stay hydrated.

This tip may be a no-brainer. However, things can get pretty hectic on race day, so here’s a reminder to stay hydrated. This is especially important for a fun race like the Crescent City Classic where many runners drink along the way.

Eat something before your run.

Make sure you give your body the fuel it needs to race a 10k. FOX 8 will also be there to help out runners along the way. Some of our on-air talent and news team will pass out oranges for participants on Esplanade Avenue right near the start of mile three of the race.

Pick a post-race meeting spot.

Race organizers say they like to clear the finish line to prevent any hold-ups so everyone has an opportunity to finish. With thousands of people gathering at the post-race rest, cell phones don’t always work. So, it’s a good idea to choose a meeting spot so you can enjoy the post-race fest with your family and friends. The RaceFest is free for runners and children 10 years or younger. Friends and family who are non-runners can join you after the race for $15 ($20 on race day).  Fest passes can be purchased during online registration, at the Expo or on Race Day. Check out the RaceFest map and more out more information about the fest here.