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Third Annual Jazz Half Marathon & Merrill Lynch 5K
NEW ORLEANS- Run the 3rd Annual Jazz Half Marathon & Merrill Lynch 5K at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 29 and help support the Cancer Program of Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. This year’s races will be televised live on NBC-affiliate 6 WDSU, and will start and finish at the beautiful Lafayette Square Park in the New Orleans CBD. Runners will run past such landmarks as the New Orleans Convention Center, Louisiana Superdome, and the statue of Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle. From Lee Circle, runners will run up the Grand Dame of New Orleans streets, St. Charles Avenue, passing the beautiful mansions of the Garden District, Loyola and Tulane Universities and through the green expanse of Audubon Park. Coming back downtown, they will run past the World War II Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum and Ogden Museum of Southern Art before finishing the race at Lafayette Square. Along the way, runners will be treated to a wealth of New Orleans music by local bands.
After the race, you will feast on great food, beer, water, and soft drinks while dancing to the music of three top New Orleans bands, including Washboard Chaz, Gal Holliday and the Honky Tonk Revue, and a special headliner to be named shortly. All participants in the Jazz Half Marathon will receive gender-specific, Jazz Half-logo, tech shirts and runners in the 5K will all receive Merrill Lynch 5K-logo, all cotton tee shirts. Runners who finish the Jazz Half Marathon will also receive a beautiful finisher’s medal.
By running the Jazz Half Marathon and 5K, runners will also be supporting the Cancer Program at Children’s Hospital. Children’s Hospital treats more Louisiana kids with cancer than all other facilities combined. Children’s Hospital’s LaNasa-Greco Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders treats more than 1,100 children with cancer each year, and our hospital has a policy of never turning away a child who needs the care we offer, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. The hospital provides treatment for children with leukemia, lymphoma, tumors, anemia, hemophilia, and other childhood cancers. As a member of the Children’s Oncology Group, hospital physicians have access to the most up-to-date therapies for treatment of malignancies and blood disorders in children.
The cost for running the Jazz Half Marathon is $65 or $30 for the Merrill Lynch 5K. To learn more about the Jazz Half Marathon and 5K, please go to at www.jazzhalf.com or call 504.896.9375.