Although inclement weather conditions seemed inevitable for Saturday’s 2014 Luling Bridge 5k and 10k, put on by New Orleans Running Systems, the running gods were forgiving enough to prevent rain from drenching the competitors throughout the race. The Luling Bridge, a steep climb for a New Orleanian, proved to be a worthy adversary, as evidenced by several runners grimacing their way en route to the finish. The chase for the 10k title started before the 5k at 8:15 am, and it was won by Frank Cousart in convincing fashion. The overall winner for the 10k female division was won by Monique Hodson in 46:59, respectively. Unsurprisingly, Ian Carr lead the charge in the men’s 5k, crossing the tape in a time of 16:12. The 5k overall female winner, Jaime Sauer, was victorious in a time of 19:36. At the conclusion of the race, runners enjoyed everything from fruit and water to hotdogs, jambalaya and beer. After conversing with some of the competitors post-race, many felt the overcast skies provided a cool breeze, a rare occurrence in the month of April. With a challenging course, an organized set of volunteers, and a sizable after-party, the 2014 Luling Bridge Run was an all-around successful event.
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Short clips of the 5K champions coming off the bridge:
Ian Carr, men’s champion, making the final turn for the finish.
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