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Foot Race Awakens Knowledge, Fast-Twitch Muscles



What better way to spend a crisp, Saturday afternoon than sprinting past the statute (one of the three original works by Clark Mills) of Andrew Jackson (our nation’s seventh president) on horseback of Andrew Jackson (our nations seventh president) and over the cobbled streets that span the lawn of the Cabildo (in which the Louisiana Purchase was signed) to showcase an encyclopedic knowledge of the Crescent City in the name of friendly competition?

 

As difficult as it may seem to imagine an event in New Orleans that might prompt locals to reach for their running shoes instead of the rum this weekend, Dat NOLA Race has many lacing up their Nikes already. A combination fun run and scavenger hunt, this event invites teams of racers to test their knowledge of New Orleans trivia at a pace usually only reached when the prize is the last king cake at Randazzo's.

Dat NOLA Race aims to provide an opportunity for adventurous tourists to learn more about the city’s rich cultural history, instead of condemning them to the tired cliché experience of earning beads on Rue Bourbon. The Race also allows for thrill seeking local athletes to test their knowledge of the place they call home, and defend the title of “Most Informed New Orleanian Runner.”

 

Proving that reality television can produce something redeeming after all, founding mother-daughter dream team Robin and Isabelle Whitfield drew inspiration from the bevy of adventure and trivia shows network and cable has to offer.

 

They wagered that the fascinating background of New Orleans- more saturated with trivia

than State Street is with water after a rainstorm- could entertain the constant supply of

curious tourists. An Amazing Race indeed exists in the Big Easy, and more impressive

still, this race does not include competing for parking on a weekday in the CBD.

 

Founded in July of this year, Dat NOLA Race has already seen success faster than their past race winners. They have hosted over 100 races since its inception, and private races are already booked through July 2011. In fact, this month’s race, which is set for tomorrow, has just reached capacity its capacity, with more than 25 participants signed up. Spectators and trivial advisors are still encouraged to attend, as the teams battle for the glory of New Orleans’ most informed athlete - or at least for the commemoration awards given to the top three teams.

 

Visit www..datnolarace.com for more information.

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