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.Full Results
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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The Mizuno Wave Rider 17 is versatile, comfortable and makes a great component to your training. If you’re looking for a shoe that can handle the mileage, but without all the weight, this is the shoe for you. The U4IC midsole adds a springy step and it’s 2 ounces lighter than the previous model.
The Wave Rider 17 is recommended for a neutral foot type, and will easily become a staple in your closet.
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.
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.
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Official King Cake Festival page here.
At this weeks run group a few key things happened. First, a pair of shoes were raffled away to Emily Mase, granting her desperate wish for new shoes, as she won run grouper of the month honors. Next, the fire usually attended to by very muscular and masculine men of LRC, was (wo) manned by Beth Sherwood, who although didn’t have any running clothes in her enormous bag, apparently knows Shaq, which clearly makes up for the slight forgetfulness. On the topic of attendance, Black Girls Run was is full force this week with a large group on both days, as well as Mark Berger out promoting his 504K race. The Ferrari’s brought the s’mores and were clearly favorited over the weekly bounty of fruit. Preston’s mouth was not as “potty” as usual, but Captain Banana made up for this with his very strange stories.Finally, Kristin Wenstrom, with her very busy schedule, stopped by after releasing a wrongly imprisoned man after 20 years. This was truly one of the most intriguing topics of the week. Some of the regular run groupers were not in attendance because of the Rock and Roll Half and Full Marathons this past weekend. Things should be back to normal next week, making for a much more in depth recap!
For more photos from LRC Run Group 386 & 387 check out our facebook album here.
For more info on run group including meeting times, courses, etc: Official Run Group Page.
The run/walking group where all ages and abilities are welcome!
It is a fact that everyone from New Orleans has a story. Often these stories take on the aura of the city itself: regarded by many, beset by tragedy, but always resilient. There’s a Katrina story, or a “where were you when the Saints won the Super Bowl” story, and then the ever present story of where you grew up and went to high school. They all carry a certain prestige, or a certain rite-of-passage in the New Orleans community. A bond shared by the people of the “city that care forgot.”
The following story is no less remarkable than any other you will hear in this great town. This is the story of Karjuan Williams.
Full Article on Louisiana Milesplit: The Life and Times of Karjuan Williams.
The new Brooks Transcend is really out of this world. Its supportive, but doesn’t have the bulky foams of normal running shoes. Instead, it used “Guide Rails” to guide the foot into a neutral position. Basically this shoe is like running on a plush, comfy cloud that feels so natural, you won’t even know it’s on. It’s our pick of the week because the Transcend really does “Rise Above” all the rest.
Starting in the fog and mist, runners crossed the starting line, hoping the rain would hold out until the afternoon. Unfortunately, if you finished anywhere after about 1 hour and 20 minutes, you were out of luck. The humidity was at almost 100%, and after talking to the various people from the west coast and the northern states, it was clear it was like running through a wall of water. Although the weather wasn’t ideal, as a pacer for the 1:45 half marathon group, I was able to have one of the best racing experiences so far.
On the course there were huge crowds all along St. Charles Ave. and a mob of people at the turn around at Audubon Park. The course was a straight shot back down to the French Quarter and past the historic Cafe Du Monde. Mile 8 had a table full of donuts, most opted for Gels, but a brave few scarfed down the treats. At this point, the fog was so thick, it was almost eerie, by far my favorite part of the course. As the racers hit Esplanade, we were hit with a wall of rain, after battling a little heat and humidity, it was very pleasant.
The last split between the half and the full was right before City Park and at that split was a Jell-o Shot Station, put on by LRC, Guidos, and the Candy Bar Crew . The fourth place finisher in the half marathon was the first person to grab a shot and make his way to the finish. The full marathon course went around the park and up to the lakefront, where the windy bridges got the best of some of the most experienced marathoners.
The winners for the half, Liam Burke (Portland, OR) finished in a time of 1:11:35 and Karen Lockyer (Gonzales, LA) 1:20:29 braved all the conditions for a fast last few miles on a slick course. For the full marathon, Ben Bruce (Flagstaff, AZ) won in a time of 2:21:56 and Andrea Duke (Schertz, TX) crossed the line in 2:58:55. After the race was complete, the after party commenced at the park with a ton of tents, all full of different food and drinks, including the LRC tent that had sangria. The party wore on into the afternoon and runners, spectators and volunteers enjoyed a very successful and exhausting Rock and Roll marathon.
Men’s Half Marathon Winner
Women’s Half Marathon Winner
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The Pearl Izumi M2 is our pick of the week because it’s both functional and with all the cool color choices, very fashionable. This shoe is made for the over-pronator who wants a lighter weight feel. With the right amount of cushioning for fast tempo runs and the upper of the shoe that makes it feel like a sock for the long ones, this shoe is crafted for a natural motion to keep you moving forward.
This weeks run group has got to be some of the coldest I’ve experienced. All the humans were dressed in layers upon layers of cold weather gear. Living outside in New Orleans my whole life, I almost lost one of my nine to this frigid weather. On Monday, everyone was preparing for a snow day and planning on hunkering down for the deep freeze that hit the city Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. Thinking it was warmer, I ventured out to the fire pit to get some much needed attention and hopefully con some unsuspecting runners into giving me a marshmallow or two. My plan was foiled though, when Sean Fitzwilliam showed up with his dog, Sherman, and I was forced to duck and cover under the house. It was such a rare occurrence to see this very hair man and his equally hairy dog come to this gathering. I fear he will show up more, since all the humans gave him such a warm welcome, I’m still not sure why… Another new face was that of Andrew Barton. Looking to get back into running shape, he seemed to enjoy his time running at the front of the pack. Thanks to the Pineapple King for the deliciously sweet pineapple that I was able to taste and the best part of the night was Leone and the S’mores she brought, making it worth braving the weather. The runners were talking about the Rock and Roll Marathon this weekend and the temperatures should be ideal, around 60 degrees. Hopefully, this was the last deep freeze for the season, and I can get back to porch sitting and modeling for the camera.
For more photos from LRC Run Group 384 & 385 check out our facebook album here.
For more info on run group including meeting times, courses, etc: Official Run Group Page.
The run/walking group where all ages and abilities are welcome!
The 28th Annual Elmwood Classic ended with a 10 year old course record being broken by Lafayette native, Kevin Castille. Castille, an American record holder in various master’s events, has become a regular fixture at the Elmwood Classic, driving down each year to attempt to break the course record and collect the $1,000 bonus. For ten years, Castille has attempted to break the record, coming within 5 seconds, but never going under the infamous time, set by Kenyan Muriuki Ngatia ( 29:42). Before this nail butting event, runners came out for 3 different races, making the Elmwood Classic one of the few races that this occurs without conflict.
The beginning of this race morning started off with the residual of the cold snap, which hit the area the week before. The first event, the kids 1/2 mile was underway at 8:15. Fifteen year old, Madison Boudreaux, won the race in a time of 3:06, nearly 30 seconds ahead of 2nd place. After the tape was broken, infant strollers and competitors of the smallest stature continued across the line, wrapping up the half mile raceanticipa.
For the 5k, fourteen year old Noah Wilkens, won in 19 minutes and Mandeville’s, Caroline Smith, was the women’s champion, finishing in 22:30.
As the 10k race started, anticipation built and all eyes looked to Kevin as he sprang from the line and settled into clip that carried him through the first miles at 4:46, 4:46, 4:43 and 4:47. However to get the record, he would have to be faster. The fifth mile was 4:49, and the spectator s in the pace truck began to wonder if he was fading. Tom Sawyer, lead biker for the race, gave Kevin extra encouragement, in an attempt to get him to the finish line. In the first album mile, Kevin began to dig deep, and in a rare occurrence, it seemed he even began to grimace. With 600 meters to the finish, the cheers from the crowd started to come into hearing’s range as he began to increase his pace even further and kick. Tom started yelling the countdown, “30 seconds, 20 seconds, 10, 5 until the record!” Once Kevin broke the tape, Chuck George immediately yelled the last mile was 4:34, making his time of 29:39 a new course record! Finally breaking the record, Kevin was overcome with a smile knowing this race finally belonged to him. This race was one for the record books, making the quest for a new record something to ponder when and if it would be broken again.
For more photos from The 2014 Elmwood Classic check out our facebook album here.
Full Results from Sunday’s Elmwood Classic posted on New Orleans Running Systems here.
- By Ky Kastes
Although Forge Racing’s motto, “Off the Grid,” is very fitting, after this weekend, one could definitely say it should be more like, “It’s not the Destination, but the Journey.” It wasn’t just a race, but a test of instinct and strategy. The Dirty Soles 5k, 10k and Half Marathon was the start of this year’s Subaru Trail Series. The 10k is the chosen event for 6 races throughout the year with a variation of points given to the top finishes of each race. At the end of the series, prizes are awarded to those with the most points for the series. At Dirty Soles this past Saturday at the Northlake Nature Center, was nothing but an adventure to say the least. With the second Polar Vortex of the year blanketing Southeastern Louisiana a day before the event, it left icy and dangerous driving conditions for the runners. Although the trek across the lake was long and strenuous, it was so worth it.
Racing started around 10 a.m. after race director, Jeff Beck, gave a speech about the course, marked turns, and more importantly the lack there of. The saying goes it isn’t the fastest person that wins trail races; it’s the one who can navigate the terrain. Boy, isn’t that the truth. The start of the race was a quick funnel through the narrow trail covered with wet leaves and plenty of obstacles to jump over and duck under. After finishing the second mile of the course, it was clear that the lack of markers in some places didn’t only lend to the experience, but seemed to even the field for some of the other runners, when faster runners made some wrong turns in the beginning.
The most entertaining and enjoyable part of the race was definitely crossing the icy waters of a sand creek bed. For shorter people, the water was almost waist deep. Plunging into the icy water and trekking over two giant hills to a marker on the course, and then back into the water for the final home stretch really added some excitement. The finish of the race left runners feeling humbled and rewarded for completing such an unforgiving course. It had some stiff competition and the winners Laura Carleton and Shane Walsh, rightful took their places at the top of the leader board. As the rest of the runners crossed the finish line, the real fun began. Delicious home brewed beer poured into cups, warming up runners from the inside out. The difference between road races and trail races seem to be the amount of comradery between the runners. Although winning is always great, it seemed to be more about the adventure getting there that makes the beer at the end taste all the better. And I can tell you, at the end of that journey, the beer has never tasted so good.
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For more info on the 2014 Forge Trail Series visit: Forgeracing.net
The 2014 Indoor season is off to a bumpy start. With only one in-state meet taking place so far in the McNeese Indoor I, cancellations continue to pile up as LSU undergoes construction. As January comes to a close, we give you our first rankings list of the season: the top 10 individuals by event, however incomplete and subject to change they may be.