On the Run


February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov), approximately 610,000 Americans die of heart disease every year, which translates to about one in every four deaths. One way to fight heart disease is by running. You don’t have to run a marathon, just jog a few days a week. “Running is one of the best ways to improve overall health. Generally, running not only aids with weight loss and stress management, but it can also help lower a patient’s blood pressure,” said Dr. James Perrien, a cardiovascular specialist at East Jefferson General Hospital. If you’re looking to start running, it helps to have a goal. Local running events can provide that in a social setting. Here are some Louisiana runs to enjoy in the winter and spring of 2018.


1Feb. 3


Mardi Gras 5K and Kids’ Half Mile: If you want to get healthy with your kids, this event provides fun fitness for a good cause — 50 Legs, an organization that gives prosthetics to amputees. runnotc.org




Feb. 24


The Pie Run: For beginning runners, there is a 1/2 mile run and more advanced runners can do a 5K or 10K. Best of all, there is strawberry pie at the finish line. runsignup.com/race/LA/shreveport/thepierun



March 3

Baton Rouge

Komen Baton Rouge Race for the Cure: There is a 1 mile or a 5K run, all to benefit breast cancer research. komenbatonrouge.org



March 25


Paint the Town: This 5K run and walk in Cajun country has four stations on its route to douse runners in a bright array of colors. runsignup.com/race/LA/houma/paintthetown5K



Apr. 22

New Orleans/Metairie

A Run/Walk Through History: This is a 5K and 1/2 mile run and walk event that takes participants through the scenic, historic Metairie Cemetery. nolarunning.com