The 37th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic will be held Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.
As many as 25,000 runners of all ages and abilities will participate in the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile race) which will begin at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The course travels through the Central Business District and the French Quarter, before veering onto the Esplanade Ridge and finishing in New Orleans City Park.
Participants are expected to be greeted by near ideal racing conditions, with morning temperatures in the low 60s and only a slight chance for showers.
“It really looks like it’s going to be a beautiful morning,” said CCC Race Director Eric Stuart.
The CCC is one of the biggest social events each year for local runners. A two-day health and fitness expo precedes the race, and a post-race festival with live music, food, and drink caps the affair on Saturday morning.
The metro-area’s top road runners turn out for the race each year, and there is a legion of casual walkers, parents pushing baby strollers, and persons in costume who take part as well.
The CCC also is one of the premier 10K road races in the world. Elite athletes from countries around the globe descend on New Orleans each year to participate on what is noted amongst the world’s fastest tracks.
This year’s top men include Marofit Mourad of Morocco; Abdi Abdirahman of Tuscon, Arizona; and the Kenyan duo of Julius Kogo and Dominic Ondoro. Expected to lead the women are 2014 CCC champion Risper Gesabwa of Kenya and Hiwot Ayalew of Ethiopia. Late additions to the field who also should factor in the outcome include Cynthia Limo, Monica Wanjihu and Valentine Kibet. All three are from Kenya.
The post-race festival will be headlined by the Dana Abbott Band and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Cost to enter the festival is $10, if not entered in the race. Race participants have free entry.