Al Briede Gold Cup Race Recap – New Orleans, LA
This Saturday marked the 45th Al Briede Gold Cup Race benefiting the Christopher D. Briede Scholarship at St. Stanislaus College and Brother Martin High School.
Mr. Al Briede, 90, a founding member of the New Orleans Road Runners (NOTC) and former pitcher for the New Orleans Pelicans started the race in 1968 as just a few friends getting together to have fun. The Gold Cup has grown into an event of approximately 300 runners.
The shade of the majestic oaks in City Park made the 1.4 mile and 3 mile run comfortable for what was a typical hot and humid morning in New Orleans. The overall winners for the 1.4 mile were Michael Maldonado (8:12) and Emily Blanchard (11:08). The 3 mile winners were Ryan Gallagher (16:59) and Ana Marie Devries (18:29). All participants received a commemorative cup with the race logo. The New Orleans Track Club
produced another great race.
By Mary Rosinia
4th Annual Zulu Anniversary Run – New Orleans, LA
The 4th Annual Zulu Anniversary Run to Ride 5k was well attended this year. Black Girls Run had a great group of girls running and there were a lot of familiar faces from the New Orleans running community. Many of the fast runners out there, however, may have been recovering from the intense “physical strain” of the Tchoupitoulas Barathon that happened last night. Nonetheless, Sean Allerton started off fast and finished fast in a time of 16:19. Manyuan Reffell out paced the female runners with a blistering time of 19:11. Amazingly, this was only Manyuan’s 5th distance race! (not to mention the fact that she was a former D-I 400m hurdler)
The race was an “out and back” and started at the Zulu Headquarters on Broad and Orleans, ran up Orleans to Bayou St. John, down the bayou, past Esplande and back.
The best thing about the race is that the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club has the post-race party figured out. Runners were met with ice cream bars, beer, gatorade, pastalaya, red beans….oh and not to mention professional square dance lessons from “Step and Slide.” After all of the coconut awards were given out and one lucky runner was picked to ride with Zulu at Mardi Gras 2013, a live jazz band led the runners and friends back out of the Zulu Headquarters and on to Bayou Boogaloo.
By Beaux Jones
30th annual Tchoupitoulas Barathon Race Recap – New Orleans, LA
On Friday May 18 in New Orleans, the Tchoupitoulas Social Aid and Athletic Club held the 30th annual Tchoupitoulas Barathon. To celebrate the 30th year, local artist Bunny Matthews drew a poster
that was given to all participants to pre-registered online, in addition to the race shirt and koozie.
The motto of the race is 6 miles, 6 bars, 6 beers. Runners and walkers started at Le Bon Temps Rouler on Magazine Street with a beer in hand and when the race began, everyone chugged their first of 6, or more,
beers and headed to the first stop on the corner of Magazine and State St. At each stop, runners received an Abita Beer, drank and socialized, then moved on to the next bar. The second stop which is
the farthest from the start was TJ Quills on Maple St., then back across to the other side of St. Charles to Patois, then Dos Jefes, F & M Patio Bar & then back to Le Bon Temps Rouler for the finish.
Also in attendance this year was former New Orleans Saints player, Steve Gleason who gave a heart felt speech at the start of the race and at the awards ceremony afterwards. Check out the video of the speech here https://twitter.com/#!/team_gleason/status/203887447287926784
By Jenny Norris