2016 Crescent City Classic Training Program



Whether you are trying to finish your first 10K at one of Louisiana’s largest and most popular races, or you are trying to get a little bit quicker and drop your PR for that distance, this program has a little bit of something for everyone.

Cost: $75 for FULL 12 weeks. Pro-rated by week as we go.

Start Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016

Make-up of the program: 

  • Thursday evening – faster session (track or road) / Sunday AM – long run.
  • Optional runs at Louisiana Running Co. on Monday and Wednesday evening @6:30 PM
  • All paces and distances are subjective to ability level.

Perks of the Program:

  • Coached by one of Louisiana’s most recognized running coaches.
  • Assisted by Louisiana Distance Project (LRC’s racing team and some of the more successful runners in Louisiana)

“We all had to start somewhere, and it will be a great to get people involved in the sport we all love.” – Louisiana Distance Project

  • Discounts at LRC while program is underway (15%)
  • Personal Training Discount at Vintage Performance (20%)
  • Team specific T-shirt / Singlet (option)  for completing the program
  • Weekly schedule – catered to the individual –  by the team’s coach
  • 1-ON-1 in-person with the coach every Monday between 6-6:30 PM for those with questions, etc.

To learn more or register visit:

Louisiana Running Company

4153 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

2016 Q50 Resolution Run

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Nearly one hundred runners woke yesterday morning to get an early start to their year and their resolutions where fittingly the race for which they traveled was entitled the Q50 Resolution Run. Despite less than ideal temperatures and footing, runners came trotting through the woods, exiting the final puddles with smiles and laughter to finish to the high five’s of race director Cesar Torres.

First to the finish in the 5 mile course was LRC’s own camera man Kyle Montgomery (unofficially).   Unfortunately, he was unable to get in-race footage due to a malfunctioning go-pro /  in a classic mix up where the  “still-camera” option was selected instead of the “video-camera” mode.  So without further ado enjoy this awesome photo – and great job Kyle! 😉


Moving on to the longer races:  Rod Gomez, a familiar face at the Q50 trail races, trailed by a few feet coming through 5 miles (loop 1), but was able close the gap and open up daylight over the next loop,   going on to win by several minutes in the  10 mile run.

(More recaps as results pile in – so keep checking back)

Following the race runners were treated by the New Orleans Mission to warm red beans & rice / pasta.  Food selections were probably influenced by layers of clothing and the number of mud puddles one was able to dodge.  The red beans and rice seemed to go fast and be the more popular choice.

After all was said and done, in an annual tradition,  Cesar once again cut a check to his favorite local charity.  This time in the amount of $2,000 (wow).

For our full gallery from the race check out our Facebook album here, or see our favorite photos from the nearly 500 we shot below..

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2015 Ole Man River Half Marathon and 5K

After touching every body of water in New Orleans, the Ole Man Half Marathon & 5K finally saw its return to the river for which it was named, the great Missisippi. In a twist, however, instead of running on the New Orleans side of the river runners traveled to the historic district of Gretna to enjoy a  skyline view of the city that most of the racers call home.

In chilly temperatures and incessant winds, Ty McCormack (former Clemson / Auburn runner) and 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, battled the wind and solitude to win in an impressive time of 1:07:31. Local standouts Brandon Wingate and Ian Carr ran together most of the way before separating in the final miles –  each going on to earn new personal bests of 1:10 and 1:11 respectively.

In the women’s race, Kylie Kastes (Tulane swimmer turned runner), recorded her first New Orleans road race win in a time of 1:25 while Laura Aleman formely of Dominican/LSU rounded out second in 1:27.

Check out our favorite photos below, or for a list of our 800+ photos of the race / results – scroll to the very bottom.




Randy Schmidt – The Guido


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LRC’s Patrick Madore
Josh Jansen
Jim Marsalis
Ty McCormack, the men’s champion recording a 1:07 in the distance.
Kylie Kastes, women’s champion in 1:25.
Dewey Dewey





Jen Novak of the Nth Degree.


Annie Chambers, women’s 5K champ.



Ian Carr and Brandon Wingate, the 1/2 Marathon 2nd and 3rd place finishers.

LRC’s Max Miller


For more photos visit our facebook album of the race here.

Full results can be found on New Orleans Track Club’s site here.

2015 Turkey Day Race – Unofficial Alumni State Championships


Thanksgiving is a time for remembrance, thoughtfulness, family, and a old-fashioned gallup through City Park. Every year the annual Turkey Day race brings together a stacked field of distance runners looking to try their hand at the rarely contested 5 mile distance. For many it is simply a great race with great weather, while for others there are bragging rights on the line.  No other race outside of the Crescent City Classic brings the local running community together like Turkey Day.

This year the competition was fierce and some usual suspects found themselves in the mix for the individual title (there is an informal alumni title as well).  Familiar names to be found on the men’s side include Zachary Albright of Princeton (formerly of St. Paul’s) back in town on holiday; Beau Robinson of UL-Lafayette (formerly of Hahnville); DC Lipani of LSU (also of St. Paul’s); Corbett Ourso of UL-Lafayette (St. Thomas Aquinas); Adam Wise of Fontainebleau; Christian Bergeron of UL-Lafayette (St. Paul’s); and Dylan Heck of UL-Lafayette (Mandeville) were all found in the top 15 finishers.
The race took out slow compared to usual Turkey Day races with the first mile only in around 5:15 which kept a large pack in the race through the first half of the race.  A pack of five runners including Albright and Robinson held through the middle of the race before starting to break up slightly during the last two miles (coinciding with the weather warming up a bit towards the end of the race).  Locals Richard Bouckaert (25:52) and Ian Carr (25:57) battled through the end of the race with Bouckaert taking a five second lead into Tad Gormley which Carr could not recover from.  Albright took a close third in 26:05, five seconds over Beau Robinson (26:10) who coincidentally battled Albright all through high school as well.  Only two seconds behind Robinson was masters runner Brandon Wingate (26:12) who is getting better with age, now at 41 years young.  A big surprise is high school sophomore Adam Wise who ran 27:28.  Take note college coaches, this kid could be major star by the time he graduates. Other local high schoolers in the top 50 include: Matthew Myrtue of Fontainbleau in 20th, Carlos Zervigon of Jesuit in 22nd, Bryant White of Shaw in 32nd, John James of Jesuit in 33rd, John Kling of Jesuit in 34th, Antonio Imbornone of St. Martin’s in 38th, Bryce Monier of St. Martin’s in 43rd, Luke Malter of Jesuit in 46th, and Andre Aguillard of Catholic in 50th.


Richard Bouchert, Men’s champion.

In the women’s race, LRC’s leading lady Mia Meydrich, fresh off her competition at NCAA nationals, took it to the women’s field and won in a commanding 30:01 over local Katherine Telfeyan who ran 30:56. Former Texas high school standout Daphney Stanford, now of Southern Miss, took third in 31:32.  Dominican assistance coach Laura Aleman took fourth in 31:48. Local high school runners who competed and placed in the top 50 include: Paige Anderson of Fontainebleau in 28th, Natalie Aguillard of SJA in 37th, Sam Messonier of Dominican in 40th, Maddie Bogart of Dominican 43rd, and Anne Marie Young of Mandeville in 45th.

turkeyday4Mia Meydrich, formerly of Dominican HS, now Mississippi State, was the first female across the line on Thanksgiving morning.

In the alumni division St. Paul’s scored a close victory over Brother Martin for the 2015 title.  Scoring is the same as XC and top 5 alumni score.


Alumni Teams posing for a photo: Photo credit New Orleans Track Club

For more photos visit our Facebook Here.



Bring in your 2015 Turkey Day race number for a 10% discount (excluding sale items) at Louisiana Running Company – good until the end of the year!




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:

[ Album 1 ] [ Album 2 ] [ Album 3 ] [ Album 4 ] [ Album 5 ] [ Album 6 ] [ Album 7 ] [ Album 8 ]

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 training@louisianarunning.com!

Hope to see y’all out there!




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