The New Orleans Saints held their 5th annual 5k Kickoff Run presented by Chevron on Saturday, September 10, 2016 to help kickoff the 2016 season.
The fifth annual Saints Kickoff Run presented by Chevron took place in Champions Square on Saturday, Sept. 10 with Ian Carr and Megan Gohres winning the men's and women's divisions.
The 5k (3.1-mile) race started in Champions Square and once again the race finish line was the 50-yard line in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Following the 5k race there was a Saints Kids Fun Run presented by Raising Cane's. The half-mile course also finised on the 50-yard line of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Proceeds from the event benefit the Louisiana Children's Museum.
Gumbo and Sir Saint, the club's mascots, members of the Saintsations and Saints legends Deuce McAllister and Tyrone Hughes were all in attendance to cheer on participants.
"It's always a good run, lots of people and fun - just great to be able to finish in the Superdome, in the air conditioning it's a great, fast race," said Carr, 26 of Kenner. Carr was the overall winner of the male division, finishing the race in 16 minutes, 13 seconds. It was the fourth consecutive year has won the race.
Gohres, 30, of Metairie won the women's division in 19:27.
"It's really a fun race. Going through the Quarter, not many races go through the Quarter like this," Gohres said. "Obviously finishing in the Dome is awesome too." "
The event also featured a pre-race costume contest. The winners of the contest received tickets to the first 2016 Saints home game Sunday vs. the Oakland Raiders.
"It's a great event with it being the 50th season" said Jamie Monroe, race director from Easy Day Sports. "This is the third year working with Chevron and the Louisiana Children's Museum is the beneficiary of today. I believe even Steve Gleason is here with his charity. It's just a really great community event."
In addition to Chevron and Raising Cane's, Entergy and Academy Sports Outdoors were official sponsors of the Saints Kickoff Run.
This year's race had more than 5,000 participants. For race results, click here.
"People really turned out today, there is a lot of excitment around the game tomorrow," Monroe said. "It's a chance for everyone that's already in town to go to the game. Maybe they don't have a chance to go to the game but want to be part of it in some way."