This year, The Junior League of New Orleans is excited to announce that our neighborhood run has moved to the spring.  Freret 5K promotes family fitness and wellness in our community with a fun, physical activity for adults and children of all ages while raising funds to support JLNO’s community projects.  Lead by Co-chairs Shannon Brice and Susan Kliebert, the goals for this year’s event are to raise over $25,000 and register more than 500 runners.  

“There are opportunities for sponsorship and to provide prizes,” said Skye Sturlese, Ways and Means Council Director. This year's race is at a much warner time than in the past, but not only the weather is changing: “The route is going to change just a little this year as it won’t pass through Tulane’s campus,” added Susan. Freret 5K is a true economic development and health initiative currently for JLNO. It promotes health, fitness and community while supporting an organization striving to Advance the Wellbeing of Women.

Beginning and ending at JLNO’s Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Shop, the 5th Annual Freret 5K and half-mile fun run will showcase the vibrant and growing Freret Street economic corridor, encourages family fitness and raises funds for JLNO’s community projects and volunteer efforts.  JLNO has been a member of the Freret community for 57 years with its Bloomin Deals Thrift Store, and believes this exciting event will further encourage the health and wellness of the City’s citizens and businesses. Proceeds benefit JLNO’s mission and community projects.

Registration is open and participants will receive a race t-shirt, post-race refreshments, entry into prize drawing, children’s activities and participate in the awards presentation.  

“We are looking for sponsorships, and encourage you to have your business become a sponsor,” said Shannon Brice.  

Sponsoring or donating food or prizes, will demonstrate your business cares about our community by assisting JLNO in funding many worthwhile programs and volunteer efforts. Last year, JLNO gave $60,000 in Community Assistance Fund Grants to twelve local organizations, volunteered over 40,000 hours, distributed 584,000 diapers to Louisiana residents through its Diaper Bank and served 1,700 children with education programs. Our work in Metropolitan New Orleans could not be possible without your generous support.

As a sponsor your logo or name may appear on a variety of collateral, including race-day t-shirts, print advertising and social media using #RunFreret. JLNO will also be accepting in-kind donations toward sponsorships.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email freret5k@jlno.org, or contact Kathleen Ramsey at 504-891-5845.


2017 Freret 5K Fun Facts:

Over 500 participants hit Freret Street for the morning’s festivities.

Tulane University’s Jazz Band provided entertainment.

Donations from JLNO members and the public sponsored nearly 100 youth runners.