Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival set for this Saturday
College, High School and Middle School Runners to Compete at City Park
NEW ORLEANS – The 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival will be held this Saturday at New Orleans City Park. The event is hosted by Loyola University. One of over 50 amateur athletic events sponsored on an annual basis by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Cross Country Festival will feature men’s and women’s races at the collegiate level, as well as boys’ and girls’ high school varsity and junior varsity and middle school runners. Over 350 runners are expected to compete.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Cross Country Festival races will start and finish on the City Park Cross Country Course located near the intersections of Diagonal Drive and Harrison Avenue.
Schedule of Events
8:00 a.m. – HS Varsity Girls (5K)
8:30 a.m. – HS Varsity Boys (5K)
9:00 a.m. – Collegiate Women (5K)
9:30 a.m. – Collegiate Men (5K)
10:00 a.m. – HS JV Girls (2 mile)
10:30 a.m. – HS JV Boys (2 mile)
11:00 a.m. – Middle School Boys and Girls (1.5 mile)
The meet will feature eight collegiate teams (Dillard, Jackson State, Louisiana College, Loyola, Mississippi Valley State, Mobile, William Carey and Xavier) and 14 local high school programs.
Tulane swept the men’s and women’s races at the third annual event held on September 9, 2017, at Lafreniere Park. Tulane’s men tallied 18 points, followed by event host Loyola with 30 points. Spring Hill (34 points) was third while UNO (54) and Southern (75) rounded out the top five. On the women’s side, Tulane finished with 20 points, followed by Spring Hill (23), Xavier (39) and Mississippi Valley State (51). Jackson State and Tougaloo tied for fifth with 74 points each.
In addition to the Cross Country Festival, the Sugar Bowl will sponsor events in baseball, basketball, bowling, football, golf, lacrosse, regatta (sailing), road racing, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field and volleyball, as well as the full slate of state championships for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The organization also sponsors a pair of national awards, the Manning Award for the top collegiate quarterback in the country and the Eddie Robinson Award for the nation’s top collegiate coach. Other events during the year include the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Jam pre-game party and the sponsorship of the local chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
All of the bowl’s activities for 2018-19 are expected to generate over $200 million in economic impact for the local and regional economy. Last year’s Sugar Bowl activities brought a $328.13 million-dollar boost to New Orleans and Louisiana. Over the past decade, the Bowl has infused over $2.5 billion into the region.
The Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 49 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 84-year history. The 85th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2019. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting over $2.5 billion into the local economy in the last decade. For more information, visit www.AllstateSugarBowl.org.
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