Two races down, one to go for Ian Carr.
On Saturday morning, the Kenner native moved one step closer to sweeping the Louisiana Bridge run series — for the second time in as many years — with another dominating performance at the second annual Great Huey P. Long Bridge Run, distancing himself from the 5K field with a time of 16 minutes, 10 seconds.
Carr finished nearly one minute faster than Matthew Eyler (16:50), his nearest competition. Justin Liddle was third (17:18).
Last month, Carr won the United Way of St. Charles Bridge Run (5K). After Saturday’s run, he’s now aiming for the final leg of the series: the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent Connection on June 7.
“Going for the sweep in June,” Carr wrote on Facebook.
Event director Mike Wattigny, who has also worked with a number of area races, has watched Carr develop from a raw talent a few years ago into one of the area’s top runners — perhaps a coach away from taking his running to another level, Wattigny added.
“The kid is impressive. He’s not there yet,” Wattigny said of Carr being an elite runner.
“But he’s a lot closer to those top distance runners than he is to is mere morals. Today, he left no doubt of what he can become with a couple of years of training.”
In the women’s division, Ruth Waller finished in 18:38, which was also fifth overall. Jaime Sauer of Belle Chase (19:40) was second among women. Last month, Sauer won the St. Charles run.
The male and female winners of the Bridge series tally the lowest total times for the three races.
Last year, not only did Carr account for the lowest, but he also won all three races.
The race covered both sides of the Mississippi River, starting at Bridge City on the West Bank, before finishing on the East Bank. The bridge has been a part of the area’s skyline since 1935 and endured a widening project which ended last year.