The organizers for the Crescent City Classic 10K in New Orleans, La. couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for their race. On Saturday, April 6, thousands of runners from all over the country gathered to participate in this long standing local tradition.
Starting on Decatur St., runners circled around to Esplanade Ave. and then entered City Park for the finish. Spectators, which comprised family, friends and locals, lined the streets and cheered as the runners passed them by.
While the course clocks were a few seconds off, the lead runners weren’t bothered as they clocked their first mile in 4:34. The lead pack stayed seven men strong until about mile three, when the top three runners broke away.
The overall male winner was Solomon Deksisa with a time of 28:14 and the overall female winner was Genoviva Kigen with a time of 32:12. The top local male and female were Pat Gavin and Rachel booth with times of 32:08 and 34:26, respectively.
As runners crossed the finish line, many complained that water wasn’t available soon enough and that the entrance to the after party seemed like too big of a cluster.
Once in the after party, runners minds were put to rest as they were greeted with a live band, delicious food and beverages. Many took their shoes off, laid down a blanket and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
For more information on the race or to see results, visit the Crescent City Classic 10K Web site.
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