NEW ORLEANS, La. – The New Orleans Saints and Easy Day Sports announced today that online registration for the 2015 Saints Kickoff Run presented by Chevron is now open at Saints5K.com.
The 5K (3.1-mile) race will take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, the day prior to the Saints' season opener at the Arizona Cardinals. The course begins in Champions Square and ends with fans sprinting through the Saints team tunnel to the finish on the 50-yard line at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. There will also be an NFL 'PLAY 60' Fun Run for Kids. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Louisiana Children's Museum.
The Saints Kickoff Run begins at 7:30 a.m. with a 5K followed immediately by the 'PLAY 60' Fun Run for Kids (ages 4-12). Gumbo and Sir Saint, the club's mascots, and members of the Saintsations, will be in attendance to cheer on participants. Following the race, participants can enjoy live entertainment and a beer garden and jambalaya in Champions Square. All participants will receive a collectible official race shirt and a commemorative medal.
In addition to Chevron, Entergy will be an official sponsor of this year's Saints Kickoff Run, along with Academy Sports Outdoors, as the organizations team up with the Saints to celebrate the start of the season and making a difference in the New Orleans community by supporting the Louisiana Children's Museum.
"With the start of another season of Saints football upon us, we are thrilled to share the excitement of the start of the 2015 season with our fans at the Saints Kickoff Run presented by Chevron," said Saints Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson. "The annual Saints Kickoff Run provides our fans and the community the opportunity to come together prior to the start of what we feel will be an exciting and memorable season in 2015, all while benefitting a great community asset in the Louisiana Children's Museum."
Fans and local businesses will have the opportunity to compete for the event's Corporate Cup which will be awarded to a group of participants that registers as a team and best shows its "Black and Gold" spirit by bringing the largest contingent of runners. The Corporate Cup Champions will have the chance to take a team photo at the 50-yard line as they are recognized for their contribution to the city and Louisiana Children's Museum. One new aspect has been added to the team component of the race: the GIVING Cup. The crystal GIVING Cup will be presented to the team that donates the most money to this year's official race charity, the Louisiana Children's Museum. Additionally, the winning team will receive a special event hosted by the Louisiana Children's Museum. Team members are encouraged to make an additional donation to the Louisiana Children's Museum when they register to continue the giving tradition of the Saints Kickoff Run as the event as donated over $100,000 to local charities the last three years.
Additionally, after being a highlight at last year's event, all race participants will have the chance to compete in the pre-race costume contest. The winner will receive a pair of tickets to a 2015 Saints home game.
"Chevron is excited for this opportunity to bring the fun of the Saints season opener to fans of all ages here in New Orleans," said Chevron Gulf of Mexico Vice President Michael Illanne. "The Saints Kickoff Run Presented by Chevron will give us a chance to promote healthy initiatives for our community while celebrating the great Saints spirit for which our city is known. Chevron is proud to participate in kicking off another great season of football with this event benefitting the Louisiana Children's Museum."
The Saints Kickoff Run presented by Chevron, now in its fourth year, has quickly evolved into a city-wide tradition as fans welcome the start of the Saints' season. Runners take to the streets of New Orleans to celebrate football and engage in a healthy and positive charitable activity.
The half-mile course of the NFL 'PLAY 60' Fun Run for Kids also finishes on the 50-yard line of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This untimed fun run welcomes kids of all ages to enjoy a day of celebration and football while also making a positive choice to get moving and promote living an active lifestyle.
"Without a doubt our SAINTS KICKOFF RUN is a marquee event for fans and runners who love the Saints," Jamie Monroe, race director from Easy Day Sports. "There is no better way to kick off the 2015 season than with thousands of Saints fans celebrating the return of football New Orleans' style in Champions Square. It's just a great running event and a great party."
Based in Covington, LA, Chevron's Gulf of Mexico business unit works with over 2,100 employees and approximately 900 contractors daily. Chevron is one of the largest producers and second largest leaseholder on the Gulf of Mexico shelf; and one of the top leaseholders in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.
About Easy Day Sports
Headquartered in Coronado, California, Easy Day Sports is a boutique event production agency whose emphasis is creating memorable life experiences through premier, professionally managed endurance sports events. The company's name is deeply inspired by the Navy SEAL motto "The only easy day was yesterday." This is embodied through superior event production and a tireless commitment to excellence. Contact information for Easy Day Sports can be found at easydaysports.com