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Bourbon Street Barathon

Happening right now is the Bourbon Street Barathon. Since bars across the state of Louisiana closed due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Crescent City Classic is putting on a 85k virtual challenge, called Bourbon Street Barathon, to give runners, walkers and cyclists the opportunity for virtual stops at their favorite French Quarter bars. In other words,  you will complete a 5k (3.1 miles) for each bar for a total of 17 times. That’s an 85k.

All donations and a portion of each entry fee will benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (LHF) which is providing financial relief to restaurants and bar workers still suffering from the pandemic’s effects.

“New Orleans is known for its incredible bar scene, cocktails and world-famous Bourbon Street. Right now, the bars we all know, love and frequent are hurting as the shutdown from the pandemic continues. We wanted to come up with a fun challenge that brings New Orleanians together and helps raise money for the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.

Crescent City Classic Barathon Challenge Director Eric Stuart

What To Expect At The Bourbon Street Barathon

You have till September 30th to sign up for the Bourbon Street Barathon. You can start the virtual bar run on the recommended 5k course through the French Quarter or any course of your choice. In total, the Bourbon Street Barathon will consist of 85 kilometers – one 5k per each of the 17 bars. As you complete the Bourbon Street Barathon 5k, you will be rewarded with a virtual visit to one of your favorite establishments for their specialty cocktail by receiving a milestone badge and email. You will have until October 15 to complete the Bourbon Street Barathon challenge.

The bars included as stops in the inaugural Bourbon Street Barathon are: Effervescence, Bar Tonique, The Sazerac Restaurant and Bar, Arnaud’s, French 75, Desire Oyster Bar, Old Absinthe House, The Beach on Bourbon, Carousel Bar, Brennan’s, Napoleon House, The Court of Two Sisters, Golden Lantern, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and Bar, Cafe Lafitte’s in Exile, Good Friends, Tropical Isle and Pat O’Brien’s.

Registration for the Bourbon Street Barathon is open through September 30.  To register, visit https://runsignup.com/bourbon. Any questions you may have about the virtual race can be emailed to [email protected].

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