NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Thousands woke up early Saturday morning (April 20) to run or walk in the 41st annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic.
From competitive runners to those just out for fun, the Crescent City Classic is a race for all.
Marko Cheseto is the fastest double amputee to ever finish the 10K after competing in the Boston Marathon just earlier this week.
"It was fun. After running 26.2 miles on Monday, I didn't expect to run fast today. I am still tired from the marathon, but it was a good run," Cheseto said.
He ran to support a charity dear to his heart -- the 50 Legs Foundation provides prosthetic legs to people who otherwise might not be able to afford them.
“I ran this race today for a cause to fund-raise, help, you know? It’s an organization that helps people who, amputees like myself, get either a running foot or a walking one,” Cheseto said.
Jarrett Leblanc from Hathaway won the title for fastest Louisianan to cross the line, with a time of 29 minutes and 43 seconds.
“It was a good feeling, I guess. I’ve never been top American at this race, or [a] top Louisiana runner. So it was a good feeling knowing I could represent the state of Louisiana at such a classic race here,” Leblanc said.
Leblanc came close to the man named fastest American in the race -- Parker Stinson.
“It feels great," Stinson said. “It’s always a good little notch on your belt for sure, and it feels good moving forward to like I say, a U.S. Championship and hopefully keep the top-American thing going there.”
Three-time Olympian Jennifer Rhines, 44, came in as the fastest American female.
“A lot of it is just your mindset. And I mean, we do age, we do get a little slower, but it’s also like, how you look at it, and there’s no predetermined way you’re going to age or have to slow down,” Rhines said.
After the 6.2 miles, participants celebrated with a live performance by The Phunky Monkeys.
“We’re getting a chance to meet a lot of the people that we normally wouldn’t see, that don’t come out to our private shows and stuff like that. So it’s cool to see them and hear that they’ve heard of us, and they’re really enjoying what we’re doing,” Reggie Smith with The Phunky Monkeys said.
The fastest to finish the race was Jairus Birech from Kenya.
However, some participants left empty-handed when organizers ran out of medals. But, according to a spokesman for the event, they will still be able to get one.
“Because of the beautiful weather we had a record number of last-minute registrations, which pushed our total number of participants well above expectations and so we ran out of the medals. However, race officials are ordering more medals, and will make good to see everyone who finished the race gets one," the representative said.