Thursday, July 24, 2014

Happy's & NOTC Happenings

Last night was a busy Wednesday for the running community in New Orleans. There were two big events in the city for local athletes. From downtown to City Park, if you wanted to get a group run in and have a fun party to go to after, there were options to choose from.

First, the weekly Happy's Running Club had their Wednesday group run that starts at 6:15 p.m. on the corner of Poydras Street and Okeefe Avenue in the Central Business District. This week they hosted The Louisiana Marathon and Rock 'n' Roll New Orleans Marathon and Half as they celebrated "Halfway to Geaux" til their race dates. Also on-hand was Chief Running Officer of Runner's World Magazine, Bart Yasso (pictured in Red), who announced the 2015 Double Down award for both races. Bart was awesome at the event, talking to all of the participants and taking countless photos. He's a class-act, and a great ambassador for THE runner's magazine.

Then across town starting at 7:00 p.m., the New Orleans Track Club and Louisiana Running Company hosted the fourth and final 2014 Summer Series event at the Festival Grounds in City Park. These 2-mile fun-runs annually happen on alternating Wednesdays during June and July. NOTC members get to participate for FREE and non-members pay a nominal $5 fee. After the race, NOTC and LRC provided free beer, watermelon, Blue Runner Red Beans, and music. It's a great benefit of being a member of the track club, so sign up today!s

A gallery of photos from the Summer Series can be found below, and on the NOLArunner Facebook page HERE. See yourself or friends in the gallery? Be sure to tag them!

The New Orleans Track Club Summer Series will most certainly be back in 2015, and the Happy's Running Club continues every Wednesday evening in downtown New Orleans. Best of luck as you ramp up your training to double up and score that extra Double Down bling in January!

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