NEW ORLEANS — For the second straight year with the ongoing COVID epidemic, officials with the 43rd annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic announced that this year’s race will be a virtual race. This will give thousands of registered runners the opportunity to complete the race solo from Thursday, April 1 to Monday, April 5.
Officials announced that registered runners will complete a 6.2-mile run/walk of their choice. Using an official GPS race timing app called Race Joy, participants will be able to compete for one of the coveted Crescent City Classic posters. As in the past, race posters will be awarded to the top 500 male and top 500 female finishers. T-shirts, commemorative 2021 bibs and medals for this year’s virtual race will be distributed at the CCC offices at 320 Hammond Highway on Friday, April 2 from 9 a.m to noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants may also pay $10 to have their items shipped to them.
“While we’re disappointed to have to call off the big race through downtown, the French Quarter, Treme and Mid-City yet another year, we’re all excited to still give runners and walkers the opportunity to run a 6.2-mile course of their choosing,” said Crescent City Classic Race Director Eric Stuart. “We want to do everything in our power to carry on the Classic Easter Weekend tradition. Allowing runners and walkers the opportunity to compete at their own pace is a great way to promote fun, fitness, health and well-being.”
Organizers have mapped more than a dozen recommended courses through several New Orleans neighborhoods including Harahan, Metairie, the Northshore and Baton Rouge to provide runners with route options for completing the virtual springtime race. All maps are available at ccc10k.com. Runners will also even be allowed to complete the 6.2-mile run on a treadmill.
Runners will also be allowed to re-run their 10K to seek a better time if they choose. All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on April 5, 2021 to qualify. Registration for the race will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on April 5, 2020. Any questions runners have about the virtual race can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the transition to a virtual race, the Crescent City Classic’s invited “elite” athlete program, in-person health and fitness expo and post-race festival have all been cancelled. In lieu of the in-person health and fitness expo, officials announced a virtual expo on Thursday, April 1 and will be hosted exclusively at www.virtualccc10k.com.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic, in coordination with the Crescent City Fitness Foundation, is also continuing the Run For It! Program benefitting 17 local nonprofits with the same goal of raising $1 million for the charities. Runners can still choose any of the 17 selected charities to help fundraise for them.
For more information and updates on the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic, visit www.ccc10k.com.