The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent Connection Bridge Run, the final leg of the 2015 Louisiana Bridge Run Series, is set for Saturday night beginning in Jefferson Parish and ending in New Orleans.
The four-mile race, which spans the Mississippi River via the Crescent City Connection bridge, is for many the highlight of the series. The race, entering its 26th year, is the oldest of the races in the trio of New Orleans area bridge runs, which also includes the Huey P. Long Bridge Run and the United Way of St. Charles Bridge Run.
With registration numbers expected to reach at least 3,000, the Crescent Connection run also is the largest in the series.
The race will begin at 7 p.m.; it started an hour earlier last year.
“We decided to move it back an hour for a number of reasons,” race director Eric Stuart said. “First, the view of New Orleans near dark is spectacular, so the later start takes advantage of that. But it also helps runners beat the heat.”
This year’s race will have three water stations on the bridge, which takes up nearly three miles of the four-mile event. Water stations also will be placed at the race’s start (at West Jeff Fitness Center at 175 Hector Ave.) and at the finish line (at the Port of New Orleans parking lot at 1350 New Orleans Ave.). On the bridge, runners will occupy the East Bank-bound HOV lane.
Stuart, who also is director of the Crescent City Classic 10K, said there are different logistics in planning for this race.
“It’s shorter, and there are less people in it, but it’s not really easier,” he said. “We work with four different police departments to make this one a go: Jefferson Parish, NOPD, the (Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development) bridge police and the Port of (New Orleans) Authority Police. There also are two different EMS crews we work with because it’s on both sides of the river. (This race) has its own distinct things to tackle.”
Through the first two legs of this year’s bridge series, no one has enjoyed more success than current leaders Ian Carr and Jamie Sauer. Carr, who is from Kenner, and Sauer, from Belle Chasse, were the winners of the year’s first two races. They both are defending champs from the 2014 series. The top man and top woman in the series are determined by their aggregate time and must run all three races to be named series champion.
A post-race festival will be held in the Port of New Orleans parking lot. Live music will be provided by Stone Rabbits, and food and drink will be on hand for competitors. Crescent Connection Run winners and age awards will be announced on site directly following the race.
Cost to register is $30 through Friday, when online registration closes. Race-day registration costs $35 and will begin at 5 p.m. at West Jeff Fitness Center. Free shuttles will be provided to competitors moving to either side of the river.
For more information, visit ccc10k.com.