The Allstate Sugar Bowl, which took over title sponsorship of the Crescent City Classic in 2012, is expected to welcome nearly 25,000 runners, including some of the elite 10K runners in the world for the 40th running of the race on Saturday, March 31, 2018. 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.”
40th Annual Running – March 31, 2018
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k road race is held in New Orleans on the Saturday before Easter Sunday each year. 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.
Visit the Official Crescent City Classic Website for full race details and registration information.
Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic Events
Crescent City Connection Bridge Run – Saturday, June 3, 2017
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!
Crescent City Levee Run – Cancelled for 2017
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Levee Run, presented by Michelob Ultra, benefits Ochsner Hospital for Children. The 4-mile race will begin on River Road & Labarre (near the Ochsner parking lot & American Cancer Society Hope Lodge), run up on the Levee, along the Mississippi River, and finish near Ochsner Hospital.
The Levee Run will temporarily replace the Crescent Connection Bridge Run while the CCC Bridge is under construction but will remain part of the Classic Race Series even after the Bridge Run is re-instated! The Levee Run will also be the final race in the 2016 Louisiana Bridge Run Series.
Crescent City Fall Classic – Saturday, November 4, 2017
Held in the beginning of November, this race has multiple audiences… serious runners can use this event as a qualifier to earn a prime starting position in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k (this is the ONLY opportunity to run a qualifying time at the 5k distance). In addition, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City FALL Classic 5k encourages participation by area students.
Ranging from elementary school through college, young runners from throughout the region come for the camaraderie and competition. With age-specific prizes for everyone starting at age seven, and cash grants for those schools with the greatest number of participants, this is always a spirited event and a great introduction to running events for young runners.
Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk – Saturday, December 9, 2017
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!
St. Patrick’s Day Classic – March 11, 2018
Run down Metairie Road before the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and don’t miss your ONLY chance to qualify for the 2016 Crescent City Classic 10k at the 2-mile distance. The race begins at 10:00 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!
Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic History
While the Sugar Bowl Committee is best known for its annual football game, 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 25,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2 billion into the local economy over the last decade. The Crescent City Classic is a perfect strategic partner.