Huey P Long Bridge Run
The 2nd annual Huey P Long Bridge Run was held Saturday in Harahan, LA. This year the pre-race and post race festivities were held under the bridge spans. Another new addition were commemorative pint glasses for the first 1500 finishers.
I was honored to be chosen as a race ambassador this year by race director, Michael Wattigny. I promoted the race via my blog, Facebook, and Twitter. I also conducted a contest and three runners won a free entry to the race.
The race morning weather could not have been any better. It was 61 and sunny. The race was held a month earlier than last year which helped.
I finally talked my husband into joining me for a race and we arrived at the race site for 7:00am. We headed over to packet pick-up and met up with our friends. The packet pick-up process was very smooth and quick. I found two of my contest winners who are pictured below.
After we got our race numbers we headed over to the bus pick up where school busses took us over the bridge to the Westbank. We were dropped off at the starting line. After the national anthem we had a moment of silence for Douglas Stinson, who passed away during the run last year.
The race started off on a flat surface for the first .75 miles. I kept around a 7:00 pace. Our first ascent was a short one but definitely took it out of me. The span then leveled off for a while before we started the big ascent up the bridge. I finished mile 1 at 7:19.
After the mile 1 mark we started the vertical part of the run. I remembered this run being a lot easier last year but I did have the United Way Bridge Run and the Crescent City Connection Run under my belt at this point. I pushed myself but there were times that I wanted to walk. I focused on the top of the bridge and made it to the mile 2 mark at an 8:49 pace.
After mile 2 it was literally all downhill. I definitely used this cheesy bridge joke several times that day. I felt great since the hard part was over. I let the momentum of running downhill take over and I finished the last 1.1 miles at almost a 7:00 flat pace.
I was not sure how I placed yet but I finished the 5K in 24:01. This was a bridge 5K PR for me. I was happy with my time.
I grabbed my commemorative pint glass at the finish line and met up with my husband and parents. It was great having them waiting for me at the finish. I normally do most races alone and it was nice to have my own fan club.
We headed to the post race party which was held under the bridge spans. First things first I headed to the Abita beer booth which had Amber, Purple Haze, and the very popular Strawberry Ale. I filled my pint glass up with some delicious Strawberry Ale. Local band Imaginary Frenz was playing on the Abita Stage. Blue Runner Beans was also present fixing up some red beans.
Another new feature was instant race results from Race Results 360. All you had to do was go to the timing tent, have them input your race number, and a receipt was printed with your results. I was thoroughly impressed with this new technology.
The award ceremony kicked off around 9:30am. To my surprise I was 6th overall and 2nd in my age group. I am not the greatest runner when it comes to bridges and this was my first age group award ever for a bridge run.
We hung out with our friends and enjoyed some more Abita beer and while listening to the band. This is definitely one of the best post race parties around.
Since I ran the past three weekends in a row I am taking off this weekend. I will be at work anyway but I am giving my legs a break. I will be heading to New York next week and while I am there I will be participating in the NYPD Memorial 5K. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for this race. The start and finish is at the World Trade Center. Also every runner will have the name of a fallen NYPD officer on their bib which is a cool and unique way to honor our fallen heroes. I am ready to check off New York as my 8th state I have completed a race in. Until next time.