Allstate Sugar Bowl Sponsors Another Successful Crescent City Classic park
The Allstate Sugar Bowl, which took over title sponsorship of the Crescent City Classic in 2012, welcomed over 25,000 runners, including some of the elite 10K runners in the world for the 36th running of the race on Saturday, April 19, 2014. This Easter weekend tradition has become a New Orleans signature event, both as a competitive road race and for its festive post-race celebration. The Classic has been praised in every major running publication as "one of America's fastest 10K's," and as "the originator of the post-race festival."
The men's race featured a trio of the top distance runners in the world from Kenya with world-record holder Leonard Patrick Komon pulling away for the victory in a time of 27:44. Komon held off last year's winner, Isaiah Koech, who finished at 28:06. Japhet Corir, also from Kenya, took third place with a time of 28:18.
On the women's side, Risper Gesabwa, another Kenyan, won the title with a time of 31:42. Hiwot Ayalew from Ethiopia was second with a time of 31:46. Morocco's Rkia El Moukim was third at 32:05.
The top American finisher was Kevin Castille from Lafayette, La., who posted a time of 30:06. Castille was also the top American finisher last year as well. The top American woman was Sarah Slattery from Phoenix with a time of 34:29.
Pat Gavin, a graduate of St. Paul's School and LSU, was the top male finisher from the New Orleans area; he posted a time of 31:56. Joanna Greschel was the top local female finisher at 38:36.
In addition to the elite runners, the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic features thousands of recreational runners – and, in the spirit of New Orleans, hundreds of costumes. Seen on the course were many Easter bunnies, the Blues Brothers (annual runners), a purple sumo wrestler, multiple versions of Superman and Batman, a Captain America, a horse and even Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street.
Following the race, was another of the event's traditional post-race festivals. This year's event featured popular musical performers Big Sam's Funky Nation and Bonerama.
While the Sugar Bowl Committee is best known for its annual football game, which will celebrate its 80th edition on January 2, the organization is also involved with many community initiatives throughout the year. Through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, special awards and various athletic clinics, the Allstate Sugar Bowl supports and honors over 13,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy over the last decade.