John Muritu, Hiwot Ayalew among top finishers in 37th annual Crescent City Classic

John Muritu, Hiwot Ayalew among top finishers in 37th annual Crescent City Classic

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Thousand of runners and walkers participated in the 2015 Crescent City Classic, Saturday, but it was an 18-year-old who finished first. John Muritu of Kenya broke the tape at the finish line, becoming the first to complete the 37th annual race.

According to a race official, the top female finisher was Hiwot Ayalew, 25, of Ethiopia, while the local female winner was 30-year-old Michelle Parks of New Orleans. Fellow New Orleans native Andrew Shapiro, 22, was the local male winner.

The official also says that the race generated a total of $500,000 which will be donated to local charities.

FOX 8 was a media partner for the race and passed out water and orange slices to the participants.

To view photos from the race, click here.

We are working on getting the winners' official race times and will post the results as soon as we obtain them.

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