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25,000 expected at Crescent City Classic

Crescent City Classic (Source: Flickr Commons) Crescent City Classic (Source: Flickr Commons)

Tens of thousands of people are in New Orleans this weekend for the Crescent City Classic. (See the route here.)

Organizers expect 25,000 people to lace up their running shoes and hit the streets Saturday morning for the 38th annual 10k. One tourism official we talked to says there are signs of robust hotel and restaurant business on this Easter weekend. 

"Race in the morning and then staying throughout the day to party and then we will head out on Sunday morning," said runner Brent Watson of Jackson, Mississippi.

Some will run the entire 6.2 miles, others will walk. There are also athletes from around the world who will be competing.

"Our elite athletes come from Africa, one's coming from Australia this year, so, from all over the world, also from all over the country," said Laine Thomas who is the Crescent City Classic event coordinator.  

For many it's a tradition they look forward to every year, "I never miss it, this is my 7th year to do it in a row and I'm planning on doing it until I can't walk or anything," said runner Collin Johnson, also from Jackson.  

FOX 8 is a proud partner of the Crescent City Classic. You'll see members of our team handing out oranges Saturday morning. The race starts at 8 outside the Superdome, the course will wind through the French Quarter and end in City Park. 

The city has issued the following:

The Crescent City Classic is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2016. In advance of the race at 5 a.m., NOPD officers will divert all traffic on Poydras Street from S. Claiborne Avenue to Loyola Avenue including the areas surrounding the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sugar Bowl Drive, W. Stadium Drive and Dave Dixon Drive.

Participants who are driving to the race are encouraged to park in downtown long-term lots and use the pre-organized shuttle system race organizers have arranged. The race course will become a no-parking zone beginning at midnight (12 a.m.) on Saturday. At that time, towing will begin along the course to allow for Crescent City Classic organizers to begin set-up for the race. Meters will be bagged, and signs will be posted warning residents of the parking restrictions.

Beginning at 8 a.m., the runners will depart from Poydras Street and Loyola Avenue, proceed river bound on Poydras Street (runners will use river bound Poydras Street only past Loyola Avenue) to Convention Center Boulevard, turn left onto Convention Center Boulevard, turn left on Canal Street, turn right on N. Peters Street to Decatur Street to N. Peters Street to Esplanade Avenue, turn left onto Esplanade Avenue (runners will use both sides of Esplanade Avenue) and proceed lake bound on Esplanade Avenue to N. Carrollton Avenue/Wisner Boulevard, veer left of the traffic circle to N. Carrollton Avenue to City Park Avenue, turn right onto City Park Avenue (with traffic) to Anseman Avenue turn right onto Anseman Avenue to inside the park. Runners will continue on Anseman Avenue to Victory Lane, turn right/against traffic on Victory Lane to Turner Lane, turn right onto Turner Lane to Dreyfous Avenue, turn left onto Dreyfus Avenue past the Casino, over the bridge, past the museum to Lelong Drive, turn left with traffic onto Lelong Drive to the New Orleans Museum of Art, veer right/counter clockwise around the New Orleans Museum of Art to Roosevelt Mall, turn right onto Roosevelt Mall and veer left at the fork to the finish line.  

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