NEW ORLEANS (press release) – With the 41st run of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic just a little over six weeks away, officials with the Crescent City Fitness Foundation announced a goal of raising $1 million for local nonprofits at this year’s momentous 10k foot race.

The Crescent City Fitness Foundation also announced the long list of local nonprofits it is supporting and partnering with for this year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic, the Gulf South’s oldest and largest road race. The participating nonprofits are:

  • 50 Legs
  • Giving Hope
  • Covenant House
  • Son of a Saint
  • Bastion
  • Kelly Gibson Foundation
  • Girls on the Run
  • Team Gleason
  • Youth Run NOLA
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • New Orleans Family Justice Center
  • New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation
  • Louisiana SPCA
  • Kickin’ Parkinson’s
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • CASA
  • Split Second Foundation
  • Habitat for Humantiy
  • CrossroadsNOLA
  • Animal Rescue New Orleans
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Junior League of New Orleans
  • Angels’ Place


Officials representing more than a dozen New Orleans area nonprofits will be on hand at a special press conference on Tuesday, March 12 at The Cannery. The event is to celebrate the unique “RUN FOR IT” program’s milestone of raising more than $3 million to support more than 23 nonprofits since the program was first conceived by CCC official Ricky Thomas six years ago.

“The New Orleans community never ceases to amaze us with their generosity when it comes to charitable giving and supporting those in need throughout the area,” said Crescent City Classic Charity Director Hilary Landry. “All we can hope is to continue to outdo ourselves year after year.”

The nonprofit partners recruit and organize teams of 100, 75, 50, or 25 runners and walkers who commit to raising a minimum of $200 for their charity by race day. Official charity runners receive various perks and incentives as part of the “RUN FOR IT” program including private party tent access, starting position in the charity corral and personal online fundraising page.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic 10k road race, expected to attract almost 25,000 runners and walkers, for its 41st running, will be held Saturday, April 20. The 6.2 mile course begins outside the Mercedes Benz Superdome and runs through the historic French Quarter to City Park where the popular Michelob Ultra Post Race Fest is held. This year’s after party will feature the Phunky Monkeys playing in concert as festival-goers enjoy 227 kegs of draft beer and 43,000 servings of red beans and jambalaya.

The next race in the 2018 Race Series is the Allstate Sugar Bowl St. Patrick’s Classic on Sunday, March 17, in Old Metairie. The race is the last qualifier for the 2019 Crescent City Classic at a 2-mile distance.

The Crescent City Fitness Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, was established in 1996 with the mission to educate, encourage and assist the citizens of the New Orleans community to maintain physical and mental fitness by participating in fun, healthy events.

For more information on the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic “Run For It!” program, visit