During the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson did everything but run away from the British. Still, this weekend, New Orleanians will mark the victory by jogging (or walking in some cases). The 109th Jackson Day Race is slated for Sunday (1.03).
The New Orleans Track Club (NOTC)’s touts their event as the city’s oldest race. The rubber hits the asphalt at 8:30a.m. at the Old Spanish Fort. The 9k route twists along the Bayou St. John and then heads for the finish line in the French Quarter. In typical NOLA fashion, the terminus on St. Peter Street will offer bowls of jambalaya and beer to the runners.
Awards are offered in male and female categories. In addition to the overall winners, prizes are offered in a numerous different age groups. If you're more of the stroking type, don’t fret. The top race walkers are also honored.
Even if you prefer to nurse a hangover on Sunday morning, be aware of the route. The city is warning motorists about traffic closures to accommodate the pack. The race starts at Marconi Dr. and Robert E. Lee Blvd., proceeds on Marconi Dr. to Orleans Ave., turns left on Orleans Ave., proceeds to Basin St., U-turns on Basin St., proceeds to Toulouse St., turns right on to Toulouse St., proceeds to Chartres St., turns left on to Chartres St., proceeds to St. Peter St. where the race will finish by 11a.m.
And, if you want to run, it’s not too late. You can still sign up here for a $40 entrance fee.