Ian Carr and Tim Landry staged an amazing duel in the New Orleans Saints Back to Football Run presented by Chevron on Saturday morning. The two raced onto the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome side-by-side and sprinted to the 50-yard line where Carr, a 23-year-old from Kenner, barely edged Landry. They both were given the exact same time for the 5K race, 15 minutes, 51 seconds.
Carr was tossed a football as he entered the field and tucked it under his arm like a seasoned pro. But after the race he said it almost cost him.
"That was tough," the Grace King product said. "I shouldn't have taken the football at the end."
The women's winner - Lauren Ybarzabal - was taken aback when she was tossed the football upon entering the field.
"They threw it to me and I threw it back because I didn't know what to do with it," said the 24-year-old who posted a winning time of 19:51.
The second annual race - which benefits Team Gleason, The One Fund Boston and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and included a NFL ‘PLAY 60’ one mile fun run for kids - had more than 5,000 runners show up at Champions Square. It looked like a Saints game day as most of the participants were decked out in their Black and Gold.
Kristie Buddenbaum finished second in the women's race in 19:52 with Alexa Breaux coming in third in 20:10. Noah Martin finished third in the men's division in 17:11.
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