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Fleet Feet on Freret: JLNO's 5K

By Ashley Rouen

On Saturday October 18th, many Tulane students will be nursing hangovers from Friday night’s outing to the Boot, and other uptowners will be remembering that those coktails at Cure are pretty strong. However, down the street, runners will be lining up outside Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Store (4645 Freret Street) for a family friendly race to support the Junior League of New Orleans. The 2nd Annual 5K walk/run begins at 8a.m. Participants will travel through the Freret Street corridor and Tulane’s oak lined campus, down Audubon Boulevard and head back to the JLNO’s thrift store for refreshments and food from local vendors in Bloomin’ Deals’ parking lot.  


Samuel Green Charter School Band will perform at the corner of Valence and Freret motivating runners to move up their heels to the beat of the drums. 


Costumes are encouraged, and the JLNO hopes university students will come out and “enjoy that we're running through Tulane's campus on a Saturday morning,” said Katherine Raymond, League President. 


“All our programs are focused toward advancing the well being of women. We have a 90-year history of success in New Orleans. It seems like the right fit. We have 2300 members and its what really matters to them. It fits our mission perfectly.” 


JLNO just rolled out the “Diaper Bank” program, which strives to help mothers who work or go to school in their child’s daycare needs. 


“Diaper need is a huge issue for people. It will be a new program in our city to meet the needs of working moms,” said the President of the League. JLNO will collect the diapers in their facility where they’ll be sorted and distributed through community channels. 


“Everybody thinks you can buy diapers with food stamps but you can't,” explained Raymond. Daycare centers normally don't allow cloth diapers because they don’t have the means to wash them. “This is one of those things that may eventually be handled with legislation,” she added. 


100 percent of the proceeds go toward benefitting Junior League programs like the Diaper Bank, Educare, Kids in the Kitchen and Eden House. The group also hosts “Lemonade Day,” an educational youth seminar held annually to foster the entrepreneurial skills of our future leaders.


“We had several sponsored runners from the local schools,” said Raymond. “We were impressed with the interest we had from that and it was a nice way to connect everybody together.  Hopefully everybody will hang out for a while afterwards and just enjoy the neighborhood.”  


Registration for the race is $30 with a separate fee capped at $15 for children under the age of 15 and seniors 65 and older. The registration fee includes event t-shirt. At 7:00a.m. registration opens, at 8:00a.m. the Half-Mile Run/Walk starts, and at 8:20a.m. the 5K Run/Walk begins.


A pre-registration event is scheduled for Saturday, October 11th, at 7a.m. at Dat Dog on Freret Street. Participants can pickup their race day packets on Wednesday, October 15th, from 3p.m. to 6p.m. at Varsity Sports on Magazine Street.


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