Picture the Start line at Champions Square and the Finish line INSIDE the Superdome. This 5k is like no other. I ran this event with a friend last year and promised myself to come back with my daughter. Two days before the race I found out my husband would be off work so I secretly signed him up and posted it on Facebook for him to see. I told him it would be just like this! (well almost). I also promised him we would take it easy on him since he had no training and had not done a race before. He just couldn’t miss out!
A couple of friends came with us and we drove in to New Orleans for packet pick up the morning of the race. We parked at the Superdome garage and had a short walk to packet pickup. It was a breeze with the instructions given from the website. The race started on time at 7:30am.
Since it was a wave start the faster runners went ahead and we could take an easy walk/jog pace. This was good since it was quite warm.
The Tunnel!! Where the football players rush onto the field.
This was our unique entrance to the Finish Line!
It was so much fun to “Start” and “Finish” a race as a family. It was truly a moment.
On to my favorite part. Picture taking!!!!
The party continues after you cross the Finish Line with a post-race tailgate party and Bud Light Beer Garden in Champions Square (Free Draft Beer) which yes even though it was before 9:30am we partaked in !
The band this year was “Louisiana Spice” and they were great! This event was even bigger than the Inaugural event last year with over 5000 runners so I am sure they will be back next year. Geaux Saints!!!
To see stats of the amazing winners from this 5k check out this article: http://www.nola.com/running/index.ssf/2013/08/new_orleans_saints_back_to_foo_2.html
To see if this race is available in your city check out: http://www.nflrunseries.com