Run/Walk and Remember Photos

Saturday, October 22, 2005
Audubon Park, New Orleans, LA
Race Director: Chuck George, New Orleans Track Club

Long before the race began, groups of runners and walkers were huddled all around the race site greeting one another with warm hugs and cheerful handshakes. Many in the field of 400 came from great distances to see their friends and enjoy a club run. Garry Winchester drove in from Lafayette; Pam Danner and Bob Lanteigne came over from Houston; Dennis Puissegur from Bogalusa; Kathy Voelkel from Huntsville, AL; Tina Childs from Jacksonville, FL; many from Baton Rouge and other parts of the state. They all have homes in the New Orleans metro area but like many in attendance are living temporarily out of town. Perhaps only with exception of the Mardi Gras Marathon or Crescent City Classic had so many "out of town" participants attended a local race.

The atmosphere was one of genuine relief as this quickly put together race would provide the means for many runners from south Louisiana to piece back some sense of normality if for only a few hours. Random award items were given out to all in attendance. These items were donated by running clubs and races from throughout the country. An e-mail went out to request one or two items, most clubs donated a box full of items (see photo's). Many thanks to the officials with these clubs and races as well as to our NOTC officers and volunteers that produced the race and to those in attendance. Rest assured that your New Orleans Track Club has weathered the storm and will be a vital partner of rebuilding metro New Orleans. Our motto is: Let's get New Orleans back on its "FEET."

Chuck George, NOTC Race Director

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