Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series http://runrocknroll.competitor.com Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:13:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Fast Times and Fun in the Big Easy at Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/2015/01/series/rnrnola15-post-race_89003 http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/2015/01/series/rnrnola15-post-race_89003#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:26:09 +0000 http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/?p=89003 Mike Popejoy, Janet Cherobon Bawcom win half marathon; Alabama-locals win marathon Saints punter Thomas Morstead ran the 10K in 1:07:47 on behalf of Team Feed The Children 2016 pre-sale available online with special $50 half-marathon registration and $25 10k New Orleans – January 25, 2015 – New Orleans’ famous French Quarter was rockin’ Sunday morning...

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  • Mike Popejoy, Janet Cherobon Bawcom win half marathon; Alabama-locals win marathon
  • Saints punter Thomas Morstead ran the 10K in 1:07:47 on behalf of Team Feed The Children
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    New Orleans – January 25, 2015 – New Orleans’ famous French Quarter was rockin’ Sunday morning at the sixth edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon benefiting Feed the Children. One of the most colorful and festive cities in North America came out to celebrate the achievements of thousands of runners in true New Orleans style with a good dose of its famous Dixeland Jazz. And with sunny skies and 60-degree temperatures, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.

    Mike Popejoy from Somerville, Massachusetts. broke the tape first in the half marathon. The 29-year-old who is studying to get his PhD in Philosophy at Harvard blazed the speedy course in one hour, 5 minutes, and 18 seconds. Popejoy lead the race after the first half mile. It was his first time coming to New Orleans and he had selected the event because of its historical fast times and ideal running weather.

    “I live up in Boston so it’s nice to come down here where it’s warm,” he said. Popejoy is hoping to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials and missed the mark by 18 seconds. But Popejoy wasn’t fazed about that. “I’ve got over a year to get it,” he admitted.

    Coming in 30 seconds behind Popejoy was the pre-race favorite, Ben Bruce of Flagstaff, Arizona, while third place was awarded to Zachary Meineke from Milwaukee, Wisconsin (1:06:27).

    The women’s half marathon was entirely a solo affair with Janet Cherobon Bawcom, an eight-time collegiate All-American and 2012 Olympian setting a blistering early pace that gapped the field. She went on to cross the line in 1:12:22.

    “I’m pleased with my time,” said the former Kenyan citizen who now wears the Team USA singlet said afterwards. “The crowd was amazing. The weather was awesome; it was really comfortable—not too cold or not too hot.”

    A full three minutes behind Bawcom came Eduador’s Maria Elena Calla (1:15:31). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania resident Jennifer Bingham was third in 1:15:59.

    Over an hour after the half-marathon winners crossed the line came the marathon champion, John Brigham who celebrated his achievement in 2:28:46. The 29-year-old high school teacher lives not too far away from New Orleans in Mobile, Alabama. “I tried to hang back early on because of the half marathoners who started with us,” said Brigham who then began to reel them in. “After the half, I was pretty much all by myself from there to the finish.” Brigham, who has won marathons in Alabama, set a personal best in New Orleans today.

    Second and third place in the men’s marathon was awarded to Ashley Liew (Spartanburg, South Carolina, 2:32:12) and Matt Peharda (Boulder, Colorado, 2:42:06) respectively.

    The women’s marathon champion also turned out to be from Alabama. Twenty-nine-year-old Samantha Gardner from Daphne clocked 3:04:24 for the win. It was her first marathon victory. “It’s like a dream come true,” Gardner said afterwards. “It is so awesome to have the whole crowd cheering for you. It was awesome.” Gardner has come to New Orleans to run the half marathon, but today was her first time running a full marathon in the Crescent City. “The crowd support was great and the bands were fun,” she said.

    Gardner’s first marathon win was a commanding one. Livvy Jernigan of Pensacola, Florida finished second 3 minutes behind Gardner (3:07:53) and Christina Perry of Salt Lake City, Utah (3:08:04)

    But everything on Sunday wasn’t about personal achievement and breaking the tape. New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead ran the 10K with his wife to support the race’s benefiting charity, Feed the Children, which seeks to end childhood hunger by providing over 350,000 meals a day around the world to kids. Through Team Feed the Children, runners dedicated their event training and race participation to make a lasting change in the lives of children in the New Orleans community.

    “It was great, slow and steady,” Morstead said of the race. “I got a couple high-fives. This is the first time I’ve ever participated in something like this, and I had a lot of fun. I didn’t know what to expect, but I really enjoyed. It was even better participating on behalf of a great cause like Feed the Children.”

    “It’s been an incredible experience for Feed the Children to participate in our first ever Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon,” said Kevin Hagan, Feed the Children president and CEO. “It was an amazing start and a rocking finish. We believe the time we spent here this weekend will help bring all of those who participated – runners, walkers, volunteers – together in the fight against childhood hunger.”

    There to keep spirits high at the finish-line concert in New Orleans’ City Park was KONGOS, a multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalist duo as well as New Orleans native, Trombone Shorty and his funk/jazz/rock/hip-hop band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.

    The 2016 Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon benefiting Feed the Children will take place on February 28, 2016. Special pre-sale registration prices for the marathon ($50), half marathon ($50) and 10K ($25) are available online this week only: https://runrocknroll-register.competitor.com/register/?event=31393.

    About Feed the Children

    Feed the Children believes that they should create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. Just as important, they believe they can. Since 1979, Feed the Children has grown into one of the largest U.S. based charities. They are accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise giving Alliance and have a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. By banding together to defeat hunger, Feed the Children distributed over $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies, and medicine to over 10 million individuals in the United States and 18 other countries in fiscal year 2013. Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information.

    About Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon

    The 6th annual Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting Feed the Children will take place on Sunday, January 25, 2015. Previously known as Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras, the event is renowned for its fast, flat course as the site of two U.S. all-comers’ records. Runners get a first class tour of historic New Orleans, rocking to the sounds of live, local bands playing every mile of the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, along with enthusiastic cheerleaders to keep participants moving. The event concludes with a headliner concert and finish line festival in City Park. A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. The expo will feature more than 60 vendors featuring the latest in running gear, nutrition and training tips. To register for the race or for more information, visit runrocknroll.com.

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    Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Results – January 25, 2015

    Men’s Marathon

    1. John Brigham, 29, Mobile, AL, 2:28:46, $500
    2. Ashley Liew, 28, Spartanburg, SC, 2:32:12, $250
    3. Matt Peharda, 26, Boulder, CO, 2:42:06, $100

     

    Women’s Marathon

    1. Samantha Gardner, 29, Daphne, AL, 3:04:24, $500
    2. Livvy Jernigan, 37, Pensacola, FL, 3:07:53, $250
    3. Christina Perry, 33, Salt Lake City, UT, 3:08:04, $100

     

    Men’s Half Marathon

    1. Mike Popejoy, 29, Somerville, MA, 1:05:18, $500
    2. Ben Bruce, 32, Flagstaff, AZ, 1:05:48, $400
    3. Zachary Meineke, 26, Milwaukee, WI, 1:06:27, $300
    4. Paolo Natali, 34, Italy, 1:08:02, $200
    5. Tyler Sewald, 32, Greenly, CO, 1:10:22, $100

    Women’s Half Marathon

    1. Janet Cherobon Bawcom, 36, Flagstaff, AZ, 1:12:22, $500 +$500 time bonus*
    2. Maria Elena Calle, 39, Ecuador, 1:15:31, $400
    3. Jennifer Bigham, 33, Pittsburgh, PA, 1:15:59, $300
    4. Silvia Del Fava, 27, Houston, TX, 1:16:45, $200
    5. Leah Watters, 32, Gulfport, MS, 1:24:28, $100

    *All Marathon runners finishing under 2:18:00 (m) and 2:43:00 (w) will receive $1,000 regardless of their place. All Half Marathon runners finishing under 1:05:00 (m) and 1:15:00 (w) will be paid $500 regardless of place.

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  • Thomas Morstead of the New Orleans Saints will run the 10K for Team Feed The Children
  • The KONGOS and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue to headline post-race concert
  • 2016 pre-sale open with special $50 half-marathon registration and $25 10k.
  • BruceNew Orleans, LA. – January 23, 2015 – American runners Ben Bruce and Janet Bawcom will headline the half-marathon at this Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon benefiting Feed the Children. The event features a fast and flat course, as the site of two U.S. all-comers half-marathon records.

    Bruce, 32, won the marathon last year with a time of 2:21:56, his first of five Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon wins. For 2015, Bruce is back to focusing on shorter distance races, finishing 4th at last weekend’s P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon.

    “I’m excited to come back to New Orleans to try to win at a different distance, and if I can do that hopefully I’ll leave my mark on the city,” said Bruce. “I always enjoy the spectacular sights of New Orleans and this race doesn’t disappoint.

    In addition to Bruce, men’s field includes 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier Tommy Neal of Colorado Springs, who will look to improve on his 1:05:00 PR to qualify for the 2016 trials. Other top contenders are Notre Dame Graduate Mike Popejoy (1:06:24) and Italy’s Paolo Natali (1:05:59).

    The woman’s half-marathon field will be led by Bawcom, one of the most dominant U.S. distance runners. Bawcom, who represented the United States in the 2012 London Olympics where she finished 12th in the 10,000m, has won nine U.S. national championships as well two USA Running Circuit overall women’s titles.

    Last year Bawcom won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Half Marathon in November and the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Half Marathon in December, with times of 1:13:06 and 1:13:30.  She’s the class of the field in New Orleans, with University at Albany graduate Silvia Del Fava and Maria Elena Calle of Ecuador her top opposition.

    For the first time in 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans will feature a 10K distance and also benefit Feed The Children, which exists to end childhood hunger reaching all 50 states, plus 18 countries. Thomas Morstead of the New Orleans Saints will run the 10K for Team Feed The Children.

    “We’re excited to be a part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K. We’re excited about the partnership we have with Thomas and other groups, like Coach Payton’s foundation. New Orleans is one of those areas where we will continue to work,” said Kevin Hagan, CEO of Feed The Children. “Partnerships like the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans are key to helping our organization reach new audiences to defeat childhood hunger.”

    The Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon begins at 7:00 am in downtown New Orleans on Poydras Street. With a fast course that starts below sea level, the route traverses beautiful St. Charles Avenue, running out and back before touring the historic French Quarter, Esplanade Avenue and iconic City Park. The races will once again finish in City park on oak tree lined Roosevelt Mall behind the New Orleans Museum of Art, where Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and The KONGOS will headline the post-race party which features a beer garden with unlimited draft beer for 21+ runners.

    Race weekend kicked off on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Health & Fitness Expo in the New Orleans Morial Convention Center. Runners can take advantage of a special pre-sale for the 2016 event, which is scheduled for February 26-28, with half-marathon registration for $50 and the 10k just $25. For more information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon, please visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

    About Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans

    The Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon returns to the Big Easy the weekend of January 23-25, 2015. The streets will be rockin’ with the sounds of local bands and cheerleaders lining nearly every mile of the 26.2 and 13.1 mile-race courses, along with thousands of spectators. Event weekend kicks off on Friday, February 22 with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center where all participants pick up their race number and packet. All Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans participants will be treated to a finish line concert headlined by the Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and The KONGOS. For more information, please visit RunRocknRoll.com  or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter.

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    Lafayette Square

    – upper central business district / historic district

    – across from Gallier Hall (Greek revival building that served as City Hall)

    – concerts and festivals / parade watching

    – 2nd oldest square in NO (1788 – under Spanish government)

    – American’s answer to Jackson Square after the LA Purchase

    Rampart Street

    – central business district

    – classic lightposts along the streets

    – name comes from French reimport = wall built on the north side of the street

    – either side important as a commercial and entertainment district

    – on this street: Our Lady of Guadelupe Chapel = 1826 – oldest surviving church building in NO

    Lee Circle

    – Confederate General Robert E. Lee (109 feet tall) – built in 1884 by Alexander Doyle

    – once known as Tivoli Circle/Gardens because of a carousel near there – central point of city linking upriver and downriver areas

    – Tivoli and Lee is now a restaurant with modern southern food and drinks

    – lover garden district

    Under the Crescent City Connection

    – connects the east bank and the west bank

    – looking at a map the east bank is on the west side of the river and visa versa

    – span 1 opened in 1958 as the Greater New Orleans Bridge – span 2 in 1988

    – public contest to name the bridge in 1989 – won by student in a Metairie grammar school

    – in films such as 21 Jump Street

    – until 2013, tolls were taken on the west side

    St. Charles Avenue

    – connects downtown to uptown

    – live oaks stretching the street over 100 years old

    – antebellum mansions line the streets (Italian, Greek Revival, Victorian styles)

    – acclaimed universities Tulane and Loyola

    – Named for Carlos III of Spain, who was monarch when France transferred a portion of the Louisiana territory to Spain in the 1760s.

    Greek streets – named for the 9 Muses

    – Calliope, the Muse of epic poetry.

    – Clio, the Muse of history

    – Erato, the Muse of love poetry and mimicry

    – Euterpe, the Muse of music

    – Melpomene, the Muse of tragedy

    – Polyhymnia, the Muse of sacred poetry

    – Terpsichore, the Muse of dancing

    – Thalia, the Muse of comedy and of playful and idyllic poetry

    – Urania, the Muse of astronomy

    – Laid out in 1806 by Barthelemy Lafon as an open, semi-urban system of interrelated parks with basins, fountains and canals, the Garden District was “one of the earliest expressions of the Greek Revival to appear in New Orleans,” according to noted architect, the late Samuel Wilson, Jr. The streets still bear the names of the nine muses of Greek Mythology, and many of the mid-19th century Greek Revival and Italianate homes built in this classical setting remain.

    UPTOWN

    – Uptown was part of lands granted to Louisiana Governor Jean Baptiste LeMoyne, Sier de Bienville in 1719, then divided into smaller plantations in 1723. It wasn’t until the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition on the present-day site of Audubon Park, however, that the areas away from St. Charles Avenue experienced a building boom.

    – Mardi Gras

    – streetcars

    – 3 streetcar lines (St. Charles, Canal Street, Riverfront) $1.25 per ride

    – oldest continuously operating streetcar in the world – never called trolleys

    – schools – Academy of the Sacred Heart

    – Today, the Academy, which is 127 years old, stands as a monument in uptown New Orleans.

    Mile 3:

    Napoleon Avenue

    – Napoleon Avenue crosses St. Charles Avenue. Napoleon is, of course named after Napoleon Bonaparte. Several of the streets nearby are named after the sites of Napoleon’s greatest victories, Milan, Austerlitz, Marengo, Berlin and Constantinople. However, after World War I, Berlin Street was re-named General Pershing. There is also a Valence, a Lyon, and a Bordeaux Street, all French cities that are closely associated with Napoleon.

    Synagogues

    – While the first Jews of New Orleans had roots in Western Europe, a new wave began arriving from Eastern Europe. These Dryades Street Jews, so named after the Central City neighborhood where they settled, tended to be Orthodox, working class, and somewhat removed from city life, even from the established Jewish community.

    – Many of New Orleans beloved retail stores have been Jewish-owned: the former Canal St. department stores Krauss and Maison Blanche, the dearly missed K&B Drugs, and the still functioning Adler’s, Hurwitz-Mintz, and Rubensteins. Jewish philanthropy to New Orleans did not stop with Touro.

    Isaac Delgado founded Delgado Community College and the Museum of Art in City Park; Isidore Newman began one of the city’s top college prep schools; and the city can thank Malcolm Woldenberg for Woldenberg Park.

    Mile 4:

    Loyola University

    Audubon Park

    – named after artist and naturalist John James Audubon

    – also Zoo set near the river featuring rare white tigers

    Mile 5:

    JCC

    – Over the decades, the Jewish community’s focus gradually shifted farther uptown and is now dispersed throughout the city and into Metairie. Jewish Community Centers in both New Orleans and Metairie and congregations across the metropolitan area keep New Orleans Jewish life thriving.

    Mile 6:

    Garden District New Orleans

    – Laid out in 1806 by Barthelemy Lafon as an open, semi-urban system of interrelated parks with basins, fountains and canals, the Garden District was “one of the earliest expressions of the Greek Revival to appear in New Orleans,” according to noted architect, the late Samuel Wilson, Jr. The streets still bear the names of the nine muses of Greek Mythology, and many of the mid-19th century Greek Revival and Italianate homes built in this classical setting remain.

    Mile 7:

    Josephine – Eiffel Society

    – The iconic steel structure with panoramic glass walls is a historic building that was constructed from 11,062 pieces of a restaurant that originally perched atop of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was literally taken down like legos, placed on a boat, shipped to New Orleans in the 1980’s and reassembled 14 feet in the air as an indirect result of the New Orleans World Fair.

    Polymnia St. – Avenue Pub – beers on tap

    – never closes – On Tap: 41 | Bottles: 146

    -Polyhymnia, the Muse of sacred poetry

    Melpomene crosses Camp

    – Melpomene, the Muse of tragedy

    Mile 8:

    Magazine Street

    – 6 miles of shopping, architecture and eats

    – named after an ammunition magazine or warehouse built in late 18th century

    – mansions – tours available

    Cross Calliope (how would you say it?)

    – Calliope, the Muse of epic poetry.

    Passing National WWII museum

    -It focuses on the contribution made by the United States to victory by the Allies in World War II, and the Battle of Normandy in particular. It was designated by the U.S. Congress as “America’s National World War II Museum” in 2003,[2] and the museum maintains an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution.[3] The mission statement of the museum emphasizes the American experience in World War II.[4]

    -The museum opened as the D-Day Museum, focusing initially on the amphibious invasion of Normandy, then opening a second gallery exploring the amphibious invasions of the Pacific War. As the Higgins Boats vital to D-Day operations were designed, built, and tested in New Orleans by Higgins Industries, the city was the natural home for such a project. Furthermore, New Orleans was the home of historian Stephen Ambrose, who spearheaded the effort to build the museum and wrote the book which inspired the miniseries Band of Brothers.

    -American Sector / Andrew Higgins

    – named after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase for American residents to establish a culture apart from the Europeans – at the heart was Lafayette Square

    Warehouse District / Lower Garden District / Downtown

    – city’s arts district (Contemporary Arts Center and Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

    – young professionals, empty nesters come here for dining and entertainment

    – no sales tax charged on any original works of art sold in the Arts District

    Peche – Award Winning Chef, Donald Link

    Tchoupitoulas

    – It’s one of the longest streets in the city, stretching over five miles along the Mississippi River. How it got its name is debatable. There are Tchoupitoulas Indians, but there’s some solid evidence that the French gave that name to the Native Americans living in the area. After all this lower Mississippi Valley was the ancient territory of the Choctaw. It seems the Native Americans, who lived on the river, caught a mud fish the French called the “Choupic.”

    Mile 9:

    Harrah’s

    Cross over Canal Street

    – Named for a navigation canal that was never built.

    – cited as the widest street in America

    – plans for a canal never actually happened

    – became the dividing line and neutral ground between the French and Spanish in 18-19th centuries

    – streetcars run down the center and either side of the street

    – what we say “neutral ground” – we use this to describe street medians to this day

    Audubon Insectarium

    – fun butterfly exhibit!

    – part of Audubon institute

    – located in the U.S. Custom house

    Cross Conti

    – Named for the Prince de Conti, a member of the ruling Bourbon family of France.

    Decatur

    – http://www.offbeat.com/articles/decatur-the-street-where-dreams-meet/

    Parallel to Woldenberg Park

    – Named after philanthropist Malcolm Woldenberg, the Riverfront was opened to the public before the 1984 World’s Fair

    – many festivals held here

    Jax Brewery

    – Although it is no longer a functioning brewery, Jackson brewery features shops, and restaurants. The brewery opened in 1890, when local brews were very popular in the city. Jax was one of about thirty different locally owned and run breweries. In the late 1800s, Jackson brewery was the largest independent brewery in the south and the tenth largest in the nation.

    The French Quarter

    – The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré – or the “Quarter” to locals, sits on a crescent in the Mississippi River on some of the highest ground in New Orleans.

    – French Quarter architecture is a mix of Spanish, French, Creole and American styles. Plastered walls and single chimneys reflect laws enacted after fire virtually destroyed the city in 1788 and 1794. Walled courtyards, perfect for French Quarter parties, are a gift of the Spanish influence. Cast iron balconies were added to many masonry buildings after 1850, when Baroness Pontalba included them on her fashionable row houses near Jackson Square.

    Jackson Square / St. Louis Cathedral

    – one of the most recognizable landmarks

    – St. Louis Cathedral is among the tallest and most imposing structures in the French Quarter.

    – sees over 2 million tourists every year

    – weddings / photography

    – It is the oldest continuously active Roman Catholic Cathedral in the United States, originally built in 1727 and dedicated to King Louis IX of France, “The Crusading King” who was later canonized by the Church. The original St. Louis Cathedral burned during the great fire of 1794 and was rebuilt. The present structure was completed in the 1850s.

    – In September 1987 the cathedral witnessed the historic visit of Pope John Paul II and the plaza directly in front of the church was renamed in the pope’s honor. Shortly afterward the status of the Cathedral was upgraded to a Basilica.
    Cafe Du Monde

    – The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar.

    Statue of Joan of Arc – Place de France

    – The people of France gave the golden bronze statue of Joan of Arc to the City of New Orleans in 1972. (Note: This statue is an exact copy of the famous 1880 Emmanuel Fremiet equestrian statue of Joan located at Place des Pyramides, Paris.) This statue was originally located in front of the International Trade Mart building but it was moved in 1999 to its present location of the ‘Place De France” on Decatur Street in the French Quarter next to the French Market on Decatur Street.

    French Market

    – America’s oldest public market

    – What began as a Native American trading post on the banks of the mighty, muddy Mississippi River on the site chosen for the City by the French, has become a cultural, commercial and entertainment treasure which the Crescent City proudly shares with the world.

    Mile 10:

    Old US Mint / Wharf

    – Built in 1835, the Old U.S. Mint is the only building in America to have served both as a United States and a Confederate Mint. President Andrew Jackson advocated the Mint’s establishment in order to help finance development of the nation’s western frontier.

    Elysian Fields

    – Elysian Fields Ave.
In the Greek underworld, if you were bad, you went to Hades, but if the gods smiled upon you, you got to hang out in the lovely Elysian Fields.

    Esplanade Ave – come back and run CCC

    – In the 19th century Esplanade was important as a portage route of trade between Bayou St. John, which linked to Lake Pontchartrain, and the Mississippi. Many 19th century mansions still line the street that once functioned as a “millionaire’s row” for the Louisiana Creole section of the city, similar to that of St. Charles Avenue for the Anglophone section in Uptown New Orleans.

    – Moving away from the river and across North Rampart Street, Esplanade forms part of the boundary between the Treme neighborhood and the city’s Seventh Ward, formerly a multigenerational Creole enclave. Moving farther along, you’ll come to the Esplanade Ridge/Faubourg St. John section of the city, characterized by elegant two- and three-story townhouses and a large number of whitewashed, black-trimmed Creole mansions surrounded by wrought iron fences and neatly manicured lawns and gardens.

    – It was in one of these two-story townhouses that the celebrated French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas stayed with his American family for several months in 1873. The Edgar Degas House, built in 1852, was owned and occupied by the Musson family, Degas’ cousins on his mother’s side. While in residence there Degas painted some of his most famous works before returning to France.

    Cross Royal Street

    – one of the oldest streets in NO

    – street performances in the heart of the French Quarter

    – 11am – 4pm street is closed to vehicular traffic

    – shopping, art galleries, cafes, quaint hotels, courtyards in unique French Quarter architecture

    – one block from Bourbon

    Cross Bourbon Street

    – 1721 – French engineer Adrien de Pauger chose to keep French Royal Family ruling “RUE”

    – historically home to vaudeville, burlesque, jazz joints and gentlemen’s clubs

    – pedestrian mall each evening

    – beer in a go-cup?!?!? – get a Hurricane or Hand Grenade

    – you can pretty much catch beads off a balcony any time of the year

    – THE one official National Landmark on Bourbon is Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

    – pirate Jean Lafitte / survived NO fire of 1788 and is one of the oldest buildings in the French Quarter built before 1772 – it is a lamp lit piano bar

    – more influence in Spanish architecture on this end

    Port of Call

    – famous for burgers and steaks

    Cross Rampart again

    (Mahalia Jackson, Congo Square/Louis Armstrong Park)

    – 31 acres dedicated to Louis Armstrong and jazz tradition

    – Treme neighborhood – many jazz musicians from this area

    Mile 11:

    – near Fairgrounds where Jazz Fest is held

    – working track with horse racing

    Mile 12:

    Faubourg vs. Street

    – French term meaning suburb

    Eat at Lola’s

    Above ground cemeteries

    – The above-ground tombs in New Orleans cemeteries are often referred to as “cities of the dead.

    – Early settlers in the area struggled with different methods to bury the dead. Burial plots are shallow in New Orleans because the water table is very high.

    Cross over Bayou St. John

    – French explorer, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, and his brother, Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, first entered Bayou St. John from Lake Pontchartrain in 1699, and the rest, as they say, is history.  The Mississippi River is closely identified with the story of the city’s settlement, but there’s no way to exaggerate the importance of Bayou St. John, along with its portage trail, to the development of the area.  The Bayou connected Lake Pontchartrain (and its access to the Gulf of Mexico) with the Mississippi River.  Native Americans had used the waterway, which they called “Bayouk Choupic,” since pre-Columbian times.  In fact, Bienville chose the location of “Nouvelle Orleans” because of the site’s proximity to the Bayou, as well as, the sharp crescent in the River there, which he believed would help protect the settlement from storms. The construction of dwellings at the site on the Mississippi River began in 1718, but concessions had already been granted along Bayou St. John as early as 1708, and it wasn’t long before all of the land along the length of the Bayou held dwellings ranging from small huts to substantial homes.  Today, Bayou St. John is a recreational waterway, much appreciated for its beauty and its atmosphere, as it flows peacefully through the heart of the city.

    Into City Park at the New Orleans Museum of Art – home of Voo Doo Festival

    – sculpture garden

    – big lake to right

    – Botanical Gardens / Pavillion of the two Sisters / Storyland

    Mile 13:

    Roosevelt Mall / Tad Gormley Stadium – Beatles played there

    – Beatlemania hit New Orleans on Sept. 16, 1964, when the Fab Four played a sold-out show at City Park.

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    Carrolton Avenue

    – Established as a rural resort community outside of New Orleans, the neighborhood still has a laid-back feel 1833-1850s

    Mile 14:

    Around City Park

    – Celebration in the Oaks

    – Peristyle

    – Ralph’s on the Park

    Mile 15:

    Marconi Drive

    – Endymion lines up for its Mid City parade route

    Tad Gormley Stadium – Beatles played there

    -Beatlemania hit New Orleans on Sept. 16, 1964, when the Fab Four played a sold-out show at City Park.

    Popp Fountain

    – Originally built in 1937 as one of the depression-era Works Progress Administration projects in City Park, Popp’s Fountain now plays frequent host to wedding ceremonies and cocktail parties.

    Orleans Avenue Canal

    Mile 16:

    Equestrian Farm

    Mile 17:

    Robert E. Lee Blvd.

    – finishing up City Park

    Mile 18:

    Old Spanish Fort

    – The first defensive position established outside the city was built by the French in 1701, where Bayou St. John meets Lake Pontchartrain. The original French fort was constructed of wood. When the Spanish took control of New Orleans in 1763, the fort, then called San Juan del bayou, was rebuilt using masonry and brick. The Spanish Fort never saw action in wartime; even though General Jackson sent some of his best artillery gunners to the fort in preparation for the British attack in 1814, he recalled them for the Battle of New Orleans when it was clear the enemy would not enter Lake Pontchartrain.

    Cross over Bayou St. John again at. St. Bernard

    Lakeshore Drive / Lake Pontchartrain

    – Lake Pontchartrain began forming about 5,000 years ago when North American glacier melts caused the Mississippi River to swell and shift to the east. The river began depositing its sediments into the Gulf of Mexico, creating a broad delta which would later become Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes.

    – It is roughly oval in shape, about 40 miles (64 km) from west to east and 24 miles (39 km) from south to north.

    Point out Causeway

    – The Causeway Spans 24 miles and is the longest bridge over water in the world. The bridge’s parallel spans are made of pre­stressed panels supported by over 9,000 concrete pilings.

    Mile 19:

    University of New Orleans

    – dorms

    London Avenue Canal

    Mile 20 – 21:

    Lake Oaks Park

    Mile 22:

    Bird streets through Lake Terrace

    Greek Church – Holy Trinity Cathedral

    – home of Greek Festival / Run in May

    Mile 23-24:

    – depth of Bayou St. John

    – back into City Park

    – Harrison Avenue

    – trail system

    – Diagonal Drive

    Mile 25:

    – Dog Park

    – Grow Dat Youth Farm

    – under 610

    – Festival Grounds and running path

    Mile 26:

    Roosevelt Mall / Tad Gormley Stadium – Beatles played there

    – Beatlemania hit New Orleans on Sept. 16, 1964, when the Fab Four played a sold-out show at City Park.

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