Will Run for Crawfish: The Louisiana Blue Crab Run

Louisiana Blue Crab Run in Kenner, LA| southernbeets

Louisiana Blue Crab Run

Last weekend I spent the morning running along Lake Ponchartrain as part of the Louisiana Blue Crab Run.  This fun run was held in Kenner, Louisiana (a few miles north of the New Orleans international airport), and it was the coordinators’ third year putting on the event.  The mission of the event is to bring awareness to the Louisiana wetlands.

The event entry included all-you-can-eat crawfish, which was the primary draw for me.  That, and having a chance to run in a new venue.  The group was small (under 100 participants), and it had apparently decreased since last year’s run across the lake on the north shore.  There were a couple of big runs in New Orleans the same day, which may have drawn some runners away from this event.  The coordinators expected a lot more people, which meant there was no shortage of crawfish!  I ate about 5 pounds myself, and they were delicious.  As far as race runs go, this one was noncompetitive and relaxed.  There were no timing chips, and some people started late due to an early official start (I was one of them).  They did have awards for top runners, as well as last place.  The course was hot (in the 80’s, and it didn’t start until mid-morning) and shade-free, which was tough on this lady from the rainy city.  But overall, the awesome crawfish and relaxing time spent in the waterfront park made the run worth it.  In future years, I’d probably go for a run on my own earlier in the morning, but pay to come enjoy the crawfish boil for lunch.

Louisiana Blue Crab Run in Kenner, LA| southernbeets

Louisiana Blue Crab Run

Louisiana Blue Crab Run in Kenner, LA| southernbeets

Lunch provided at the Louisiana Blue Crab Run

Have you ran in any super fun races lately?  Or had a run with something delicious to eat afterwards?  I’m always looking for recommendations!

Running Through the French Quarter with 26,000 People

Why would I and 25,999 others race through this beautiful historic neighborhood instead of soaking in The Big Easy?  It was for the Crescent City Classic, one of the largest 10k races in the country.

The crowd ranged from world record holders to walkers that made the 6.2 mile trek solely for the free beer at the after party.  The route started in the Central Business District, passed through the French Quarter, then traveled up Esplanade to City Park.

The weather was gorgeous (and not too hot) and the route was flat and wide enough that I didn’t feel like I was going to trip over people when passing.  This was a fabulous way to take a tour by foot around New Orleans, and the funnest run I’ve done to date.

There was a party afterwards in City Park with live music, food trucks, snacks, and of course, unlimited free beer.  The only downside to the race:  thousands of people trying to get back to their parked cars at the start, which was over 3 miles away.  There was a free shuttle service, which was a 2+ hour wait when I checked in on it.  We thought it’d be brilliant to catch a cab, but everyone else seemed to have the same idea.  It became comical to watch medal-adorned runners lining streets of Mid City flagging down cabs that were already full of runners.  We decided to take advantage of the beautiful day, rest our soles, and sip on a delicious iced mocha at The Bean Gallery before heading back to the start.

 

The Starting Line by the Superdome

The Starting Line by the Superdome

The Finish Line in City Park

The Finish Line in City Park