Friday, May 8, 2015

Big Easy, Big Heart 5k NOLA race recap (Guest Post by George Melichar)...

Another awesome race report from the amazing George Melichar...

The Big Easy Big Hearts 5k took place in New Orleans, Louisiana- USA the 2nd of May, 2015.

New Orleans Mission was the charity benefactor for this event. The New Orleans Mission provides food, shelter, clothing and spiritual guidance to the city’s homeless, hurting and hungry.

Race packet pick-up + race day entry was at the Hard Rock Cafe New Orleans.

With 518 race runners and walkers at the 5k start coral; the empowering version of the national anthem and community spirit at the Start Line was a great moment to see.

The race course went through the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Frenchman Street, French Market area, past Jackson Square & the Saint Louis Cathedral(Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France), down Bourbon Street, finishing at The Hard Rock Cafe at Iberville/Bourbon Street.

The 1st New Orleans Crawfish Race took place on Bourbon Street.


Smoothie King was on hand providing samples of their smoothies and Kentwood Springs provided the finishers with water. The after party had a DJ and pastalaya(a pasta & jambalaya fusion) made by the Mission Chefs!

At the party I enjoyed meeting NOTC(New Orleans Track Club) members, Mission Chef's Shad Ellison + Hard Rock Ambassadors.

The coolest part of the event was seeing all the friends, and local runners + participants in town for Jazz Festival active in NOLA! NOTC member Jennifer Neal said "this race had one of the best courses and after parties in New Orleans"!

Look at the amazing medals they gave out...

#RunLoveRock Geo

Thanks Geo! 

If you guys want to come and enjoy one of New Orleans great races with us. Come to the Crescent City Connection Bridge Run on June 6th. 

What better way to celebrate the start of summer than with a great evening run across the iconic Crescent City Connection!  At four miles and rising to a height of more than three-hundred feet over the river, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent Connection Bridge Run gives participants a breathtaking view of the city's skyline at sunset.  
Join us to run or walk the most unique course in the South.  Participants start on New Orleans' "West Bank" and cross the Mississippi River via the Crescent City Connection Bridge.  Ending along the river in the Warehouse District on the "East Bank", the Bridge Run is a favorite among both serious runners, young professionals, and partiers alike!  Experience the skyline and enjoy an evening at a post-race party only the folks from the Crescent City Classic can throw!
Join George, Jennifer, Leah, Charlotte, Amy, and myself will be there to bring you all of the fun and excitement that is RUNNOLA!



  1. Stephanie GriffinMay 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    That looks like it was such a fun race, great job!!!

  2. This looks so fun! And I love that it was for a great cause!!

  3. New Orleans is on my race bucket list! I've never been but it just seems like the perfect place to run a race (and celebrate after!)

  4. Sounds like fun! I was just talking to my husband about how hard it must be to run in the humidity of NO!

  5. Looks like a fun race! Love the medals :D

  6. I've never run in NO but I would love to.

  7. I hope to run in Nawlins in 2016!!! All of the races seem like a blast! Sweet medal too!

  8. Once I move down to Florida I hope to visit New Orleans! I would love to run a race all of you then too!

  9. Wow, what a great medal for a 5k! Running in New Orleans is on my bucket list!

  10. I would love to run a race in New Orleans. Such fun and looks like the after party was incredible too!