The Jackson Day Race is one of the New Orleans Track Club’s biggest road races and one of the country’s oldest. Hundreds turned out for its 109th running on Jan. 3, when the course — like the routes for so many of us these days — took some unusual turns because of road construction.

The historic route from Old Spanish Fort (the current corner of Robert E. Lee and Wisner boulevards) to the Place d’Armes (Jackson Square) was the same one taken in 1815 by Jean Lafitte and his pirates when they rushed to the Mississippi River to join American armies defending against a British invasion. But work on the Interstate 610 overpass on Wisner Boulevard near City Park pushed the starting point of the 9K race to Robert E. Lee and Marconi Drive, just west of the original site.