NEW ORLEANS (press release) – In commemoration of the 76th anniversary of D-Day and the museum’s 20th anniversary, The National WWII Museum and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic recently concluded the inaugural WWII Liberty Road Challenge to honor the route Allied Forces took to liberate France in the summer of 1944. The Liberty Road Challenge finished with 2,996 participants who logged more than 588,000 miles – enough miles to traverse the 712-mile route from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Bastogne that Allied Forces took to liberate France more than 825 times.
For the past four months, runners, walkers, joggers and even bicyclists successfully tackled the novel virtual challenge either individually or as part of a team. Individuals completed a 100-mile virtual course honoring the route from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Saint-Malo in France. Teams finished a 712-mile virtual course divided up between team members that covered the entire route from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Bastogne in France. Both individuals and teams were asked to log as many miles as possible during the virtual event.
A portion of the entry fees and 100% of donations from the challenge went directly to the world-renowned museum and its mission. In September, Crescent Classic Officials presented The National WWII Museum with a check of more than $80,000.
“The inaugural WWII Liberty Road Challenge was a smashing success from start to finish,” said WWII Liberty Road Challenge Director Eric Stuart. “It was our hope this new partnership with The National WWII Museum would raise awareness for the museum, honor WWII veterans and help keep people active during the ongoing COVID crisis.”