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the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k road race is held in New Orleans on the Saturday before Easter Sunday each year. The Classic is locally produced by a not-for-profit 5013c entity, the Crescent City Fitness Foundation, and is a great way to get in shape while having fun! Both runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to participate in the race.

The Classic is both physically challenging and a great New Orleans tradition! The 10-kilometer course (6.2 miles) begins in Downtown New Orleans in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, runs participants through the French Quarter, and then all the way up beautiful Esplanade Avenue to New Orleans City Park.

During Easter weekend, the events surrounding the Crescent City Classic promise a jam-packed weekend. We host a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, which is free and open to the public, as well as throw one of the best post-race parties in road racing hosted by Michelob Ultra, and complete with live music and local creole cuisine!

How to enter the Crescent City Classic 10k

  1. 10K run

    Run 10km

Crescent City Classic 10k route

This fast, point-to-point course is a USAT&F sanctioned and certified 10,000 meters.  It starts in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Poydras St., proceeds down Poydras, bears left on Convenetion Center Blvd. then left onto Canal St., before continuing onto N Peters St., where it passes historical Jackson Square.  Participants run through the French Quarter, past Cafe Du Monde and the French Market, before taking a left on Esplanade Ave.  The course continues down beautiful Esplanade Ave. to the front of New Orleans City Park on City Park Ave.  The remainder of the course takes place inside the park, passing by Storyland, before finishing on Lelong Ave. just before the New Orleans Museum of Art, exactly 6.2 miles from the start.  For your own safety: no bikes, rollerblades, skates or pets (other than service animals) are allowed on the course.

Water stations and port-o-lets will be placed at mile markers 1-5.  All water stations will be available on both sides of the street.  Port-o-lets will be placed on the right side of the street.  Please be sure to hydrate prior to and during the race.  Nearly all health issues on Race Day are related to dehydration.  New Orleans EMS units will be stationed throughout the course and at the finish line, along with the Ochsner Medical Team & Tent.  If you cannot finish the race, we will have a vehicle trailing the race that can transport you to the Finish Line.

Event Details

What’s Included

$5 discount offered to all Military members and first responders.

Additional Fees:

$5 for Corral Changes
$10 for Bib Transfers (participant to participant)
$15 for Mailed Bibs

ALL ENTRANTS RECEIVE:

  • Bib number with timing chip
  • Commemorative race t-shirt
  • Admission to the Michelob Ultra RaceFest
  • Shuttle transportation before and/or after the race to the start line
  • Finishers receive a commemorative medallion
  • One complimentary race photo from Marathon Foto
Raceday Logistics

Race Day:

5:30 am    Buses begin running from City Park (at Beau Bassich Circle) to start area (Champions Square)

7:00 am    Pre-race warm up in Champions Square, led by Ochsner Fitness Center

7:30 am    Last shuttle bus leaves City Park

7:45 am     Final Announcements, Dignitary Welcome and the National Anthem begin at the Start Line

8:00 am    The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic Begins!

8:30 am     The Michelob Ultra RaceFest begins near the finish at the new Festival Grounds on Friedrichs Ave. (Festival bands begin playing)

9:30 am   Complimentary bus transportation begins taking participants from City Park (at Henry Thomas Dr.) back downtown to Poydras St.

10:15 am   Award Ceremony & Costume Contest begin on main stage?

10:30 am  Distribution of Top 500 posters begins in Top 500 Tent

11:00 am   Festival Bands resume playing

1:00 pm    The RaceFest officially ends; Complimentary bus transport back downtown ends

The Classic is set for 8:00 am.  The race will begin on Poydras St. near Loyola Ave. in Downtown New Orleans and end in New Orleans City Park near the New Orleans Museum of Art.  On race morning, jump on a bus from City Park or show up at Champions Square wearing your bib number and simply match the color of your number to the color of your assigned corral to find your starting position.  Get ready to run (or walk) one of the most scenic courses in one of the most unique cities in the country.   Our 6.2-mile course leads participants from downtown New Orleans, through the French Quarter, all the way up Esplanade Ave. to beautiful City Park.

MICHELOB ULTRA RACEFEST:

After the race join us at the best post-race festival in road racing!  The Michelob Ultra RaceFest takes place inside City Park, at the new Festival Grounds, rewarding participants with free refreshments and live music until 1:00 pm.  The Michelob Ultra RaceFest is free for runners and $15 ($20.00 on race day) for anyone else who would like to attend (children 10 yrs and younger can enter for free).  Tickets can be purchased online when registering, at the Expo, or at the Reunion Shelter in City Park on race day.

FAQs

What do I need to bring with me to the Expo in order to pick up my bib number, T-shirt, or poster?

You should bring your I.D. / License to pick up your bib number.  In order to pick up your t-shirt, you must have your bib number with you (there is a t-shirt claim tab on the bib that must be taken in exchange for your shirt), so if you had your number mailed to you, you MUST bring this with you to the Expo to receive your race t-shirt.  To pick up your poster, please have confirmation that you ordered one.

Can I pick up my t-shirt while I am at the Expo?

YES! The Expo is the recommended place for t-shirt pickup, as we cannot guarantee that we will have your size on Race Day. But remember, you MUST have your bib number with you in order to pick up your t-shirt. NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

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