runNIGHTLIFE Red Carpet Road Race!

21 Aug

Last night, the runNIGHTLIFE Series presented their second race of the year, the Red Carpet Road Race. This road race more than just a “ 5k race” in every sense of the words! It was an A-List event from beginning to end! Every detail of the race oozed with glam and style!

The entire atmosphere for the race was set at packet pick-up. Event organizers had promised the most unique race bib and they certainly did not disappoint! Tyvek tuxedo bibs? Yes, please!

The big event kicked off at 6:00PM last night in Downtown Baton Rouge. The half lollipop/out-and-back course was relatively flat and fast. Despite the warm August temperatures, racers still showed up in their red carpet best…tuxedos, suits, sequined ball gowns, and more! One racer even went as far as having a painted on tuxedo. (I am not sure how long it lasted once he was off and running, but bonus points for the effort made!)

Coming into the finish, racers sped into the red carpeted chute in order to claim their coveted race bling…a VIP ticket medal. This medal was one of the most unique I have ever seen! All participants were eager to get their medals as they were required to enter the super exclusive post-race party.

Walking into the post-race party, racers had their photographs taken by the paparazzi and walked another red carpet past the step-and-repeat into The Lyceum Ballroom. Fancy! Upon entering the ballroom, you were greeted with a small red jewelry box from Adler’s Jewelry which contained your door prize ticket. Door prizes included gift certificates to restaurants and spas, gift packages and gear from Brooks, cases of Powerade and beer, etc. No one left empty-handed!

It took no time at all for race finishers to get inside and get the party going! Music was provided by Louisiana locals Josh Garrett and the Bottom Line. I had never heard them before but they were fantastic! Check out the video below! Their New Orleans funk meets Rock and Roll style had everyone dancing in no time. In between breaks, everyone enjoyed the food and drinks, and, again, both were done in top-notch style!

The food…oh, the food. Most post-race areas have fruit and bagels. Not this event! Finishers were treated to a menu by James Beard Award Winning chef, Chef Scott Varnedoe, from Stroube’s which included blackened tuna crostade, open face oyster BLTs, BBQ shrimp and grits, filet tips with wild mushroom demi glaze served over mashed potatoes, asparagus and white truffle risotto…and the list goes on. (I may or may not have had one…or two plates of this goodness.) Oh, and the cake balls by Brew Ha-Ha? DELICIOUS!

Beer for the event was provided by Killian’s and Blue Moon and the Varsity Vixens from Varsity Sports offered a martini bar of all kinds of specialty martinis. While I couldn’t partake in the adult beverages (you know, no booze for the pregnant lady), I will say that the chocolate martinis they were mixing up looked absolutely DIVINE! The drinks must have equally rivaled the food because as the night went on, everyone seemed to be having a really great time!

Toward the end of the evening, the winners of the two biggest giveaways were announced. Adler’s Jewelry graciously gave away a beautiful pearl necklace. (I think this ended up being won by a gentleman. His girlfriend was more than happy to accept the prize for him.) The big ticket giveaway of the evening, however, was a much coveted trip for two to Las Vegas in December for the first-ever nighttime start Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon/Half Marathon Benefitting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. I must admit, I *really* wanted to win this trip, but alas, it was not meant to be. (It still looks like an amazing event and it will definitely make my bucket list!)

Overall, the Red Carpet Road Race gets an overwhelming two thumbs up from me. The teams from Happy’s Running Club, Brian Harris BMW, Varsity Sports, and Abita Beer did an incredible job on this event! I can’t even wait to see what they have in store for the Poboy 10000m Race in November!

Where did YOU race this weekend? What kind of fun experiences did YOU have?

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13 Responses to “runNIGHTLIFE Red Carpet Road Race!”

  1. Megan August 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM #

    What an awesome event! Josh Garrett is from Houma! I know his wife!

    • katieRUNSthis August 21, 2011 at 11:28 AM #

      It seriously “wowed” me! I mean, it was more of a party than RnR NOLA! For real! I didn’t know that’s where he was from. What a small world!

  2. scarletwallflower August 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM #

    Oh lord, I think I’m even MORE jealous now! Sounds so awesome!

    • katieRUNSthis August 21, 2011 at 11:29 AM #

      Girl, you *SO* should have been there! Next year, for sure!!

  3. Lani Yearicks (@armytbonegirl) August 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM #

    So you said no one left empty handed. What did you win?? 🙂 Sounds like an awesome event!!

    • katieRUNSthis August 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM #

      I won a $20 gift certificate to Lux Salon and Spa and my husband won a $10 gift certificate to a restaurant called FRESH. Yay!

  4. Jim Brandt August 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM #

    I had no idea I was on anyone’s A-List. But I was there (and ran) and I totally agree–it was a classy event. Very well done. I add my thanks to the sponsors and organizers of this race and series.

  5. Jessica August 21, 2011 at 3:18 PM #

    I have never seen a race like this before locally. Megan (my running buddy which is the same Megan that post your first reply to this blog) and I may have to travel out of town to do some of these interesting races.

  6. Necia August 21, 2011 at 3:28 PM #

    See Ive never run a race before, and I so desire my 1st race to be like this. Fun fun and more fun. Why arent there any fun themed races in NYC/NJ area. Oh and 5kish? Reading this gives me hope, and I will keep looking.

  7. Tisha August 21, 2011 at 4:24 PM #

    That was a great race, wish I had brought clothes to change into, i definitely would have stayed longer!

  8. David H. August 21, 2011 at 7:46 PM #

    Sounds like a ton of fun! I’ve never done a themed race before — there needs to be more of them!

  9. Melanie August 23, 2011 at 3:49 PM #

    Great race re-cap! We had a blast! Best post-race party I’ve been to yet. Funny story- Our good friend Doug won the pearls, but had to go home to Covington right after the race, so I accepted them for him (on behalf of his fiancé!) Ha! What a terrible tease to smile and hold a heavy box full of pearls you know you have to give away, and then get congratulated the rest of the night! 😉 Lucky lady. Maybe she will let me borrow them one day!

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