NOTC 2 Mile Cross Country Race Recap



Yesterday at the NOTC cross country 2 mile race, afternoon showers cooled Lafreniere Park for a crowd of about 100 runners. The event was divided into two races, male and female with the men’s race going off first. Well represented among the field was a contingent of runners from St. Martin’s, Country Day and John Curtis.

Immediately from the gun, local standouts Devyn Keith and Brandon Wingate took to the lead, pushing the pace through the mile in around 5:05. Wingate recently became a masters runner, but has been competing for top overall honors on the local circuit. The fast pace brought through the rest of the field on pace to run quick times on the hilly course.




The battle between the two top runners would be thick all the way through the race with Wingate looking to take the victory with just minutes to go. A strong surge by Keith with less than a quarter mile to go sealed the victory with a time of 10:28, a performance akin to his season opening race at Lafreniere two years ago when he won the JCCS season opener with 10:08 for 3k. Wingate finished in second a few seconds behind. A bevy of high school runners rounded out the rest of the top 10.



In the womens race, Becky Younger took the lead early and did not relinquish it the rest of the race. She finished with a winning time of 12:26 on the wet, hilly course. Followed closely behind her was a strong string of high school girls who battled it out for second. The group of 3-4 girls flipped position several times in the second half of the race.



For Full Results NOTC should be posting the results here soon.

For more photos check out our Facebook Albums here: [ Boys 2 Mile ] [ Girls 2 Mile ]

2014 Jazz Half Marathon

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be sure to check our Facebook albums for over 1,500 photos from Saturday’s race:

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Top 10 Men

Place Name Time
1 Conor Doan 1:11:00.7
2 Ian Carr 1:13:18.9
3 Max Miller 1:16:17.8
4 Leonard Vergunst 1:22:24.1
5 Samuel Cohen 1:22:45.3
6 Russell Holden 1:23:17.9
7 Mark Koch 1:23:45
8 Cameron Gilly 1:23:45.2
9 Benjamin Stephens 1:23:56.4
10 David Terry 1:24:57

Top 10 Women

Place Name Time
1 Jennifer A Palermo 1:31:12.1
2 Melissa Lilly 1:31:18.3
3 Elizabeth Leenaarts 1:31:55.6
4 Erica Hopper 1:32:45.8
5 Antigone Pierson 1:34:39
6 Shannon Clement 1:36:20
7 Erin Cersley 1:37:20.8
8 Lauren Ybarzabal 1:37:29.5
9 Karen Anderson 1:37:57.5
10 Lauren Jewett 1:38:14.6


Full Results Here.


Run For Children’s Hospital: Jazz Half Team

Come join us as we raise money for children’s hospital!

Several team perks for joining & all proceeds going to a great cause!

If you have any questions related to our training plan or about the team please send to!

Hope to see y’all out there!




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2014 Luling Bridge 5K & 10K

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.

For more photos visit our Facebook album here:


Run Grouper of the Month: Emily Mase

1797413_631126916958364_776839402_nHometown: Austin, TX

College: University of North Carolina, Asheville

Did you run in college? if so what events: Yes, 800m to 10k. Cross country and Track & Field. No field though.

Favorite Race Distance: 10k, when I’m in shape.

Favorite Race: In NOLA, the CCC. I love the excitement, rage, magnitude of people, and of course the jello shots

Favorite Place to run in New Orleans: I love being able to step out my front door and run across town. Running from uptown, to Napoleon, through Broadmoor, Bayou St. John, to City Park, and back home. I also love running through the deserted, overgrown golf course at City Park.

Favorite song: Hayes Carll “She left me for Jesus”

Do you have any pre-race routines? Superstitions? Black coffee and peanut butter. Always. I used to wear the same socks for pre-race warmups. The socks are from one of the original running stores in Austin that just went out of business, RunTex. Although I still have the socks, I retired them years ago.

Favorite Cross-Training Activity? In college it was water running or cycling through the blue ridge mountains. Nowadays its probably drinking beer.

“I can’t run without ______” My dog, ARCHIE! He is a two-year-old Vizsla. Awesome pup. One day he will come to run group with me.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Nursing school and home renovations don’t give me much free time but I like to garden and cook.

Describe your perfect dinner? Yo Mama’s Peanut butter bacon burger and a pale ale.

You have a ticket to go anywhere in the world.  Where do you go? Why?  A ticket around the word. To quote Jack Kerouac, “Live, travel, adventure, bless and don’t be sorry.”

What person would you like to meet(in all existence) and why? I’ll apply this answer to running. I have many running idols but I grew up watching ladies like Marla Runyan and Regina Jacobs. Marla who was legally blind particularly amazed me and it would be pretty cool to meet her. When I was younger I would pretend to be in races with her. Due to her disability her racing strategies and tactics were  imperative to her success.

2014 King Cake Festival: Stroller Mile Recap & Festival in Pictures

The first annual King Cake Festival at Championship Square started off with a one mile fun run complete with decorated strollers and runners in plenty of costumes. Racing her way to the finish, Sarah Skotty flew past the competition, all while pushing a stroller. A ticket was only 10$ and with it, you could eat and vote for your favorite cake! The weather is beautiful and festival goers all seemed happy to enjoy the live music and fun games for kids. The festival not only benefited the hungry crowd, but Oschner sponsored the celebration, supporting children and babies at the hospital. All and all it’s a great day so far, so go get a slice of King Cake before its all gone!

Video: Start of the King Cake Stroller Mile.

For more photos visit our facebook album here.

Official King Cake Festival page here.