NEW ORLEANS - Children’s Hospital asked, and the community responded. Donors and runners raised $271,577 during the third annual Jazz Half Marathon & 5K, which was telecast live on WDSU NewsChannel 6.
Viewers enjoyed four hours of race coverage, musical entertainment along the route, and vignettes on the impact Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Program makes across the Gulf South.
The day got off to a great start with the Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas singing the national anthem and 5K participant Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressing the runners before the gun. Pat Gavin won the race with a time of 1:08:27. Sarah Skotty, 1:18:08, repeated her feat as the first female to complete the 13.1 mile race, which began in the CBD and wound up historic St. Charles Avenue through the Garden District and Uptown to Audubon Park. After circling the Park’s two-mile track, runners returned down St. Charles before ending at Lafayette Square. The top 5K finishers were Benjamin Sines (18:06) and Elizabeth Kelly (22:20).
"The entire New Orleans running community put their best feet forward to help produce this fantastic event that benefits Children's Hospital,” said Mike Cambre, the race’s director. "I sincerely appreciate their efforts. This year's event drew from 42 states and three foreign countries, with more than 60 percent of the participants being female.”
Runners exerted their last bit of energy dancing to Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk and Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue at the post-race celebration in the square.
"The race and broadcast came off without a hitch,” said Roger Gorman, Children’s Hospital’s development director. "It was a special day for a special cause. My hat’s off to all the donors, runners and volunteers who helped and, of course, to the musicians who provided an outstanding post-party.”
All Half Marathon finishers and the first 500 5K finalists received customized finisher medallions upon completion of the course. Complete results and individualized finisher certificates – suitable for printing – are available on the race Website, www.jazzhalf.com
Major Sponsors included Grainger, Merrill Lynch, Marriott and Mardi Gras Imports. Other sponsors included Rouses, Southern Eagle, Southern Orthopaedic Specialists, NOLA.com, Acadian Ambulance and OffBeat magazine.
Thanks and congratulations to all of the runners and walkers who participated. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, for the 4th edition of the Jazz Half and 5K.