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 38th running of the race on Saturday, March 26. 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."
On the men's side, Kenya's John Muritu, 19 years old, won his second straight Classic with a time of 28:04 to hold off fellow Kenyan Silas Kipruto, who collected second place with a time of 28:40.
Buze Diriba, a 22-year old from Ethiopia, won the women's race with a time of 31:59, holding off Monican Ngige of Kenya, who posted a time of 33:24. Jen Rhines, a 41-year old American placed third in 33:24, which was also the race's best female master's time. Rhines has competed in three Olympic Games for the United States.
Brandon Wingate, a 41-year old from New Orleans, won the master's division of the men's race with a time of 32:36. Richard Bouckaert earned top local honors with his time of 33:00 (each runner can only win one division and the master's takes precedence over the local division). Laura Carleton, a former LSU standout, was the top local female with a time of 36:59.
Michael Iverson (35:01) was named the top local masters male runner since Wingate won the overall honor. Byron Adams II (37:20) was the top grandmaster (over 50), and Phil Jones was the top senior (over 60) in 37:01. Gigi Vanlangendonck was top local master's female in 42:01. Mary Grace Rome was top grandmaster at 45:33, and Susan Opelka was the top local senior in 51:05.
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 the usual complement of Easter bunnies, as well as Stormtroopers from Star Wars, a jockey with a broomstick horse, the Stay-Puft marshmallow man, a giant carrot and a crew of Vikings. Bugs Bunny (officially listed by that name in the results) finished with an impressive time of 35:40, 37th among all finishers.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 27 national champions, 88 Hall of Fame players, 47 Hall of Fame coaches and 17 Heisman Trophy winners in its 82-year history. The 83rd Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 2, 2017. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.3 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade.