Note from Crescent City Classic Race Director Eric Stuart:
Dear CCC participants:
With 2020 squarely in our rearview mirror, we were hoping that 2021 would bring some glimmer of normalcy and a return to our daily routines. The Virtual 2020 Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic was born out of the desire to maintain an Easter tradition forty-three years in the making.
We truly believed that we’d be able to produce a 2021 Classic. We explored options in both Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. We toyed with various routes and capacities. We had meetings with both parishes, taking their input and trying to mold it into our plans.
The announcement that the State of Louisiana was moving back into a modified Phase 2 for the foreseeable future even further limited our options. To this end, we are announcing that the 2021 Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic will once again be a virtual event. I fully realize that is not what the running community had hoped for. It’s not what we wanted either, but it is an avenue for our runners and walkers to virtually participate until we can run and walk together again.
We hope you’ll continue your fitness routines and take advantage of our virtual offerings. Your support is vital to ensure we produce virtual and in-person events for years to come. We’re working towards the ability to stage live races in the fall of 2021.
See you on the roads.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl, which took over title sponsorship of the Crescent City Classic in 2012, welcomed over 20,000 participants, including some of the elite 10K runners in the world for the 41st running of the race on Saturday, April 20, 2019. 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 2021 Crescent City Classic 10K (April 1-5, 2021) will be a virtual race. A virtual race is a way to experience the fun and excitement of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic in your own backyard! You pick the course & the time, and reach your personal fitness goals. You’ll receive your t-shirt, racing bib, and earn your commemorative finisher medallion. You can even donate to charity!
44th Annual Running – April 16, 2022
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k road race plans to return to its typical format for the 2022 race, which is scheduled for April 16, the Saturday before Easter Sunday. The Classic is locally produced by a not-for-profit 5013c entity, the Crescent City Fitness Foundation, and is a great way to get in shape, while having fun! Both runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to participate in the race.
The Classic is both physically challenging and a great New Orleans tradition! The 10-kilometer course (6.2 miles) begins in Downtown New Orleans in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, runs participants through the French Quarter, and then all the way up beautiful Esplanade Avenue to New Orleans City Park.
During Easter weekend, the events surrounding the Crescent City Classic promise a jam-packed weekend. We host a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, which is free and open to the public, as well as throw one of the best post-race parties in road racing hosted by Michelob Ultra, and complete with live music and local creole cuisine.
The “Run For It” Program, the official charity program of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic, raised $1.2 million to shatter its records for fundraising with the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic. The fundraising totals have increased every year since its 2015 inception and in four years, the program has now raised $2,812,000.
Each year, the Crescent City Fitness Foundation selects local charities to support and partner with for the 10k race, by donating 100 charity bib numbers (guaranteed race entries) to each Charity Partner for the following year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic.
Official Charity Partners recruit and form teams of 100 charity runners/walkers, who can commit to raising a minimum of $200 for their charity by race day. Official Charity Runners receive various perks and incentives for joining the program, including a personal online fundraising page. All of the money raised is donated directly to the selected charity partners.
Additional Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic Events
Crescent City Classic 10K – April 1-5, 2021 The Classic is New Orleans’ (and the region’s) premier 10k road race, and one of the oldest 10k races in the nation. For over 40 years, it has combined world class competition, amateur participation and great fun for all participants. Starting in 1979 with 902 participants, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic has grown to become the preeminent fitness event in Louisiana. This Easter Weekend Tradition is now, along with Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, one of New Orleans signature events. The 2021 event will be a virtual run held over a five-day period to open the month of April.
St. Patrick’s Day Classic – July 4, 2021 Run down Metairie Road before the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and don’t miss your ONLY chance to qualify for the 2020 Crescent City Classic 10k at the 2-mile distance. The race begins at 10 am outside Gennaro’s bar on Metairie Road at N. Causeway. The 2-mile course will proceed down the parade route on Metairie Road finishing at Frisco, just before the train tracks and Winston’s Pub & Patio, where the post-race party will take place!
Crescent City Corporate Classic – November 13, 2021
The Crescent City Classic is proud to announce the Inaugural Allstate Sugar Bowl Corporate Classic in partnership with the YMCA of Greater New Orleans!
“The YMCA of Greater New Orleans and the Crescent City Classic are two well-known and trusted non-profit organizations in New Orleans. It seemed like a natural fit to join our two long-time races, the Corporate Cup and the Fall Classic, to provide an even better experience for our participants and supporters. It’s even more exciting that the Corporate Classic will be the first in-person race that either of our organizations have had since before the pandemic. It will be a celebration!”
–Gordon R. Wadge, President & CEO YMCA OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS
Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk – Saturday, December 11, 2021
Join us for NOLA’s favorite holiday fun run! The Allstate Sugar Bowl Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk gives locals the chance to participate in one of the most festive holiday events in the country! This 2-mile course takes participants through New Orleans City Park during their annual Celebration in the Oaks Light Display, when the park is decorated with over 500,000 lights! The day is filled with hot cocoa, pictures with Santa, a holiday costume contest, and much more!
The race, which begins in the late afternoon, is especially popular among families. Many of those running and walking this event do so with strollers or children right by their side. After the race, participants can enjoy free refreshments and complimentary entry into the walking tour of the beautifully decorated Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens, before the gates are open to the general public!
Crescent City Connection Bridge Run – June 4, 2022
What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a great evening run across the iconic Crescent City Connection! At four miles and rising to a height of more than three-hundred feet over the river, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent Connection Bridge Run gives participants a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline at sunset.
Join us to run or walk the most unique course in the South. Participants start on New Orleans’ “West Bank” and cross the Mississippi River via the Crescent City Connection Bridge. Ending along the river in the Warehouse District on the “East Bank”, the Bridge Run is a favorite among both serious runners, young professionals, and partiers alike! Experience the skyline and enjoy an evening at a post-race party only the folks from the Crescent City Classic can throw!