BACK TO THE BRIDGE FOR 2017. After a year without being able to cross the bridge due to construction we are back and better than ever. Come out and participate in the most loved duathlon in the south! Beginner friendly and cherished by experienced athletes for its unique course and great atmosphere.
Start your race at the Historic Gretna Train Station- Post Office and head to the Mississippi River and the new Riverview Condominium Development, then back downtown to the Parish Government Complex before working your way though historic neighborhoods and the 150 year old oak trees that line Huey P. Long Ave before transitioning onto your bike under the cover of the Gretna Farmer's Market.
From the market head out on your way to the Crescent City Connection bridge where you climb to a panoramic view of the New Orleans French Quarter, the Louisiana Superdome and the central business district of New Orleans. U-turn and enjoy the view again as you return to transition.
Start your final leg along the top of the levee of the mighty Mississippi River as you run out and back with a view of downtown New Orleans and the bridge you just conquered.
After the race you will enjoy food, drink and music at the riverfront. The Gretna Heritage Fesival has partnered with the race to provide a concert stage for live music at the race finish and the after party for all to enjoy.
Event details and schedule
Free parking is provided in the two lots and garage that service the courthouse complex in downtown Gretna and adjacent to transition. All parking is accessed on Derbigny Street until 7 am after which access to the parking lots will be blocked. Please do not park on the street near the race, doing so narrows the course and limits visibility making the race more dangerous for everyone.
Transition opens at 5:30am and closes at 6:45 am.
There will be a first time multi-sport athlete meeting at 6:50 am just outside of transition.
We will use a wave start consisting of 4 waves 3 minutes apart. The first wave will start at approximatly 7:15 am. This is a chip timed event so your time does not start until you cross the start line. If you are racing with a spouse or child and would like to start together, it is permissible to start in the same wave, we only ask that you both start in the later assigned waive.
Timing chips will be distibuted race morning. Chips will be collected at the finish line. You are responsible for your chip and will be charged $25 for failure to return your chip to the race.
All athletes will be provided a bib number and a matching bike number . The bike number must be attached to the frame and visible from both sides of the bike. The bib number must be worn for the whole race and must be visible from the front on both run portions of the race.
All athletes must wear their bib to enter the athletes food and beverage area. The athlete food and beverage tent will be open from approximatly 8:30 am until the end of the awards ceremony.
You must have a bib and body making to enter transition before and after the race to set up and retrieve your bike and other gear.