Just because it’s heating up here in NOLA doesn’t mean your running game needs to cool down! Summer may not be quite as busy as the other seasons, but there are still plenty of races to keep you going throughout the dog days. The real question is: are you tough (or brave… or insane…) enough to take on the challenge? If so, #FrayLife is here with our guide to the best summer races. Keep hydrated and stay running!
Crescent Connection Bridge Run, 4Mi
Saturday, June 1, 7:00 pm, Start on the West Bank and Finish in the Warehouse District
Sure, you’ve driven over it plenty of times, but can you say you’ve run over the Crescent City Connection? This 4-miler, one of “the most unique courses in the South,” has you running 300 feet over the Mighty Mississippi. You’ll catch a New Orleans skyline view at sunset so spectacular that the running won’t be the only thing taking your breath away! Register here.
Father’s Day Race, 2Mi, 1/2Mi
Sunday, June 16, 8:00 am, Start/ Finish in Audubon Park
This annual New Orleans Track Club race through scenic Audubon Park offers team awards for Father/Son, Father/Daughter, Grandfather/ Grandson, and Grandfather/ Granddaughter teams, so bring the whole fam. You might be thinking 2 miles sounds a little short, but for June in New Orleans, 2 miles is plenty! Register here.
Hotter Than Hell Marathon
Sunday, July 7, 12:00am- 9:00am, Start/ Finish in Audubon Park
Have you always wanted to check a marathon off your bucket list, but aren’t ready to commit to all the training? This is the perfect non-race for you! Starting at midnight, you’ve got 9 hours to run, walk, dance, skip, crawl, or even bike your way around the Audubon Loop, 13 times. It doesn’t matter how you get there. As long as you complete your laps, you get that race bling. Plus, all proceeds go to Race MD, who provides therapy for those with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Register here.
Big Easy Big Heart 5K
Saturday, July 20, 8:00 am, Start/ Finish in Fontainebleau state park (Mandeville)
Just across the lake lies Fontainebleau, a 2800-acre former sugar plantation turned state park. While a day of hiking is always a treat, opt for a totally different experience and join other runners for a trail race through beautiful swampland, under tree canopies, and along sandy beaches. More info available here.
New Orleans H3 Red Dress Run, 5Kish
Saturday, August 10, 11:30 am, Route TBA
One of the biggest Crescent City running events of the year is definitely more party than work! Organized by the local branch of the International Hash House organization, “a drinking club with a running problem,” this fundraising event includes a little bit of running, a whole lot of alcohol, live music, epic costumes, and all kinds of good times. The only requirement is that everyone wears a red dress, the brighter and bolder the better. Register here.
#FrayLife Tip: If the main event isn’t enough for you, make it a whole weekend with the Friday Lingerie Run and Sunday Hangover Run, both also sponsored by the Harriers.
New Orleans Pride Run + Walk 5K
Saturday, August 31, 9:00 am, Start/ Finish in Crescent Park
Held right in the middle of Southern Decadence, the biggest LGBTQ2+ event of the year, the Pride Run is open to everyone to show their pride and support for the community. This 5K through the Bywater neighborhood and gorgeous Crescent Park is sure to include plenty of unique sights (it is essentially a 6-day party, after all), and elaborate costumes are highly encouraged. There’s even a Team Spirit award for the best group lewk! Register here.
Saints Kickoff Run 5K
Saturday, September 7, 7:30 am, Start in Champions Square and Finish in the Dome
Held each year on the Saturday before the season opener, this 5K is the perfect way to kick off football season in a big way. Show your Saints Pride in your craziest black & gold gear, and score the perfect selfie as you run across the finish line in the Dome, ON THE 50 YARD LINE! Celebrate afterward at the post-race tailgate party in Champions Square. More info available here.
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