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Challenge yourself, connect with Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) members and fundraise to serve the Greater New Orleans area! Don’t you love it when one event gives you the opportunity to check multiple boxes? You can do just that by joining the Crescent City Classic (CCC) and the Run, Walk, Give team on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

Each year, the Crescent City Fitness Foundation selects local charities to support their trademark 10k race. JLNO is proud to be an Official Charity Partner of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic. The goal of the “Run For It” Program is to raise $1 million annually to serve the needs of the Greater New Orleans area.

This year, the Run, Walk, Give Committee has set an ambitious goal to raise $25,000 through 20-30 volunteers. Sally Boyce Rinehart, co-chair of Run, Walk, Give, has joined the team to fundraise and has already raised $1,550 towards her $2,500 goal. Sally is expecting her first daughter just days after the race, so she has opted to volunteer for the team to show her support for JLNO.

“I am raising funds for JLNO through CCC because they align with my belief that every woman should have the opportunity to live a healthy, happy and successful life,” Sally says. “Expecting our first little girl this year makes this statement hit home more than ever.”

The committee is looking to fill over two dozen participant slots on their team. There are varying fundraising commitment goals ranging from $250 to $1,000. Registrants will receive a t-shirt donated by tasc Performance. The team will meet for training sessions on weekends, offering other wellness opportunities for all participants — men, women and kids.

Emily Sandefer, the Run, Walk, Give Committee Vice-Chair, is an avid runner and is excited to participate in the race. This is her second year running for JLNO.

“I’ve done the CCC 10k for the past five years as a charity runner. I think it’s such a great local race, and it’s always fun to run,” says Emily. “I love that I can run to support something I am already passionate about and spend my time being involved with.”

She trains by running twice a week and adds in weight training and boxing every week to round out her workouts. As race day nears, she increases her distance runs and even incorporates a few “speed workouts” for added endurance.

 

There are several ways for members, family and friends to get involved in this fun fitness-themed event.

• Join the team: Sign up to be part of the race.
• Volunteer: If running is not your thing, consider volunteering on race day.
• Donate: Every dollar is always appreciated.
• Fundraise: If you have a connection with a local business, JLNO is looking for partnerships to fundraise and support local businesses. Please reach out to the Run Walk Give Committee Co-Chair, Ardyn Treadway, at ardyntreadway@gmail.com.

For more information, please visit jlno.org/run-for-it

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Emily Sandefer trains year round for races.

 

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Sustainer Jennifer Jeansonne and JLNO member Lindsay Labadie cool down after the Crescent City Classic bridge run.