Race with a purpose: Crescent City Classic returns for annual Easter weekend tradition on April 20

Runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to one of Louisiana's most popular road races with a parade-like atmosphere.

Thousands of runners and walkers gear up for one of Louisiana’s most popular road races, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic, on Saturday, April 20.

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Runners can also experience some of the most beautiful parts of the city during the iconic 10-kilometer trek. The Easter weekend tradition draws at least 25,000 participants each year.

The Crescent City Classic course begins at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at 8 a.m. and ends in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art at New Orleans City Park.

This year’s race on Easter Saturday, April 20 will feature a new gate and seeding system based on revised qualifying times. Organizers say the goal behind the changes is to create a more level playing field for women runners.

In addition to the time and seeding changes, race officials announced that for the first time in the race’s history, Gate D will now run immediately following Gate C and prior to the charity gate.

“In making these changes to the seedings, times and gate changes, we relied heavily on feedback from Crescent City Classic runners who want to push themselves towards higher goals,” race director Eric Stuart said. “Roughly 60 percent of our runners are women, and this change will create a better playing field for everyone.”

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Organizers stress that participants don’t have to run to take part in the race.

Event manager Kristen Stuart says the Crescent City Classic is one of the only races that allows strollers, showcasing the family-friendly aspect of the event.

“We think it’s important people know that they don’t have to go out and run this race,” Stuart said. “They can just join in on the fun.”

And yes, ice chests are allowed.  This is New Orleans, after all.

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“It is a family event. We see more and more people every year adding to their family. All the parents, kids, aunts and uncles… everybody’s joining in,” managing director Eric Stuart said.

A massive party awaits at the race’s finish line at City Park.  The Michelob Ultra RaceFest is the perfect place to unwind with all the red beans and jambalaya you can eat.

Did we mention beer? Michelob Ultra will be providing the brew. The Phunky Monkeys will be pumping up the crowd with their high energy musical performance.

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The RaceFest is free for runners and children age 10 or younger. The little ones can visit the Family Fun Zone, featuring obstacle courses, inflatables, and a rock wall.

Friends and family can join race participants at RaceFest for $15 in advance or $20 on race day. Fest passes can be purchased during online registration, at the expo or on race day.

“Nobody has a post race party like ours.  It’s what New Orleans does well,” Eric Stuart said.

There’s still time to register for the Crescent City Classic. General registration is $50, while “Run for It” charity registration is only $40.

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

Created in partnership with the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic