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 New Orleans Saints and Easy Day Sports announced today that online registration for the 2017 SAINTS KICKOFF RUN presented by Chevron is now open at http://saints5k.com. The 6th Annual 5K (3.1-miles) race will take place on Saturday, September 9th, two days before the Saints open the season on Monday Night Football in Minneapolis against the Minnesota Vikings. The SAINTS KICKOFF RUN is an extremely popular event, with over 5,000 people annually participating in the event. The beneficiaries of the Saints Kickoff Run presented by Chevron will be the Louisiana Children's Museum and Friends of City Park, with proceeds raised benefitting the restoration of Tad Gormley Stadium Field.
The SAINTS KICKOFF RUN is supported by associate partner Entergy, as well as by Coca-Cola and Gatorade, who provide their products for those participating. Raising Cane's is once again the proud presenting partner of the SAINTS KICKOFF RUN Kids Fun Run.
The SAINTS KICKOFF RUN begins at 7:30 am, with a half mile Kids Fun Run following at 9:00 am. Gumbo and Sir Saint, the club's mascots, and members of the Saintsations will be in attendance to cheer on runners. 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. New to the race this year, runners will able to view themselves on the brand new giant video boards above each end zone. Following the race, participants can enjoy live entertainment, a Bud Light beer garden, and jambalaya in Champions Square. All participants will receive an official race shirt and a finisher's medal.
"In a short amount of time, the SAINTS KICKOFF RUN presented by Chevron has become a tradition that so many fans look forward to participating in," said Saints President Dennis Lauscha. "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 2017, all while benefiting great community assets in the Children's Museum and Friends of City park and the great work they are doing."
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 number 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. Team members are encouraged to make an additional donation when they register to continue the giving tradition of the SAINTS KICKOFF RUN. The event has donated over $300,000 to local charities over the last five years.
Additionally, all race participants will have the chance to compete in the pre-race costume contest. There will be a special prize for the winner of this event!
"The SAINTS KICKOFF RUN is one of the NFL's most popular fan events and is one part of Chevron's commitment to investing in the local community," said Chevron Gulf of Mexico Vice President Mark Hatfield. "By sponsoring the 5K run, we're promoting healthy lifestyles among football fans of all ages, as well as supporting the Louisiana Children's Museum and Friends of City Park. We're looking forward to the run and an exciting 2017 New Orleans Saints season."
The SAINTS KICKOFF RUN presented by Chevron, now in its sixth 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 Kids Fun Run 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 2017 season than with thousands of Saints fans celebrating in Champions Square. It's an annual running tradition that shouldn't be missed!".
To register for the 2017 SAINTS KICKOFF RUN or for more information, CLICK HERE
About the New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints were established in 1967. In addition to posting one of the top records in the NFL since 2006 and winning Super Bowl XLIV, the Saints have emphasized being a leader off the field in the Gulf Coast community. Community service and participation in making positive, lasting impacts on the community are core beliefs and expectations of the organization.
About Easy Day Sports
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.