SOULARD, Mo., 24 January 2011—Mardi Gras, Inc. (MGI) announced today another new event for 2011, the Soulard Mardi Gras Run for Your Beads 5K. The RFYB 5K will include a number of Mardi Gras staples, including a costume contest and Beer/Hurricane station opposite the water break. In addition to mid-race refreshments, a pint of Michelob Ultra awaits runners at the finish line, in order to replenish just a few of the few calories lost in the run.
“The running thing has worked out so well for wiener dogs (at the annual Wiener Dog Derby), that we figured we would let the humans in on the fun,” said Mardi Gras, Inc. Prime Minister Tim Lorson.
DATE: Saturday, February 26, 2011
WHERE: Soulard Neighborhood
ENTRY FEE: $25 per runner—a portion of the proceeds benefit Cardinal Glennon
Childrens Medical Center, as do all ticketed 2011 Soulard Mardi Gras events.
AGE GROUPS: Men's and Women's: U20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70+
COURSE: The course will begin and end at 13th and Lynch (Near AB Tour Center). Map attached.
STUFF TO KNOW: It’s February, people, so it could be cold. All participants will have access to the heated tent before and after the race. We will run in just about any conditions but we do reserve the right to cancel if we deem it unwise.
PACKET PICK-UP: Packets will be mailed up until Sunday February 20th. You may also pick up packets race morning at race registration.
POST-RACE PARTIERS: Purchase both the race and a Taste of Soulard booklet for $40 (A savings of $10)
AWARDS: Overall Male and Female Champion as well as Best Costume - Two VIP tickets to the Bud Light Party Tent the following weekend at the River City Grand Parade, which includes all food and beverage for the day.
1st place - Custom Mardi Gras 5K Medal, Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard Booklet, Soulard Mardi Gras Apparel
2nd place - Custom Mardi Gras 5K Medal, Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard Booklet
3rd place - Custom Mardi Gras Medal
Mardi Gras, Inc., a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization, is responsible for producing the Soulard Mardi Gras celebration in St. Louis, recognized as one of the largest pre-Lenten festivals in the United States. The seven-week festival consists of fourteen official events and attracts many thousands of attendees from around St. Louis and throughout the nation.
Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center is part of SSM Health Care, one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the country. SSM is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Mary and owns, operates and manages 19 acute care hospitals in four states — Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. In 2002, SSM was the first health care organization in the country to be named a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner.
Cardinal Glennon is also a teaching hospital affiliated with the Saint Louis University Schools of Medicine and Nursing.
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