The Louisiana Bridge Run Series has a new queen.
And last year’s king is back.
Ian Carr successfully defended his title in the men’s division, winning all three races in the series, including Saturday evening’s Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent Connection Bridge Run.
The Kenner native finished Saturday’s 4-mile course with a time of 22 minutes, 28 seconds, outpacing his local running rival, Bryce Robinson, by 14 seconds. Zachary Schuler was third (23:32).
Meanwhile, Jaime Sauer, a San Diego native who moved to Belle Chasse nearly two years ago with her family, won the women’s division Saturday — her second win in the 2014 series — to take the women’s series crown.
Her time of 27:26 on Saturday, which was 17th overall, outlasted Kimberly Blaise, her closest female competition (28:56).
Sauer won The United Way of St. Charles Bridge Run (19:36) in April and one month later, placed second in The Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run (19:40).
Carr, who won the first two races in the 2014 series, entered the third race with a 66-second series lead over Matthew Eyler, who finished fifth. A win Saturday would give him his second series race sweep in as many years.
Carr enjoyed a lead of about 50 meters until about mile three where he traded positions back and forth with Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Hahnville High, where he was a long distance runner.
“This is one of my favorite races,” Carr said. “(Running in Louisiana) is always so flat.”
Not Saturday’s course, which included a bridge incline of more than 300 feet.
Robinson and his twin brother, Beau (he finished fourth at 23:36) competed in their first bridge series race of 2014, now that their high school track careers are completed.
“We were even, and he would speed up every time I tried to take the lead,” said Bryce Robinson, who with his brother, will run next season for Louisiana-Lafayette.
“On the downhill, he really kicked it into gear. And by the time he got to the bottom, he was a little ahead of me and was gone.”
At the finish line, Sauer’s running day was just half complete.
As promised, she finished the race, gave her father and three kids a hug, blew her husband a kiss, poured water on her face then ran the course backwards to locate her friends.
“I wanted to win, but I wanted them to succeed and come out of this with a good feeling,” she said. “I wanted to see them all meet their goals and know that I was there for them.”
She ran to the 2-mile mark — back over the bridge before returning back over it a third time.
Her group, which totaled around 22 joggers and walkers, finished the course in around 70 minutes.
“I wouldn’t do it any other way,” Sauer said. “We win together.”
Byron Adams II won the men’s masters division (26:01), while Scott Guidry paced all grand masters (27:01).