Gentilly Fest hopes to get local schools involved in inaugural 5K race
Gentilly Fest’s 10th annual celebration of the community will feature the festival’s first weekend race, which will be on Press Drive near Pontchartrain Park.
According to chairwoman Gretchen Bradford, Gentilly Fest started to reunite Gentilly residents following Hurricane Katrina. Since then, the festival has worked to support small businesses by presenting their products and employing musicians to perform at the event.
“We like to say Gentilly Fest has brought awareness to the community of Gentilly, getting bigger and bigger every year,” Bradford said.
This year, Bradford reached out to Adam Migliore, Brother Martin High School alum, to coordinate Gentilly Fest’s first 5K. Migliore has had experience with organizing 5K races like Our Lady of Perpetual Help’s 5K and Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival 5K.
“Since they’ve asked me to do it, what I’ve done so far is reconnected UNO and Brother Martin to the event, where they’re going to bring a lot of runners,” Migliore said.
Migliore explained that he’s focusing on building Gentilly Fest’s popularity by getting students that go to college and high school in the area involved. University of New Orleans is bringing at least 25 volunteers so far to the race, and Southern University New Orleans and Dillard University students are on board to participate in the race as well. Brother Martin High School’s principal responded to Migliore, saying they would try and get their cross country team to run.
Migliore hopes for many high school and college tents out on Press Drive to provide shade on race day, but he also thinks the event and atmosphere could create recruiting opportunities in Gentilly for school teams looking for runners.
The 10th annual Gentilly Fest will be Migliore’s first time at the event, but he said he would like to see a 5K for the festival happen every year, which he believes is a good source of revenue.
The race will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 and start at 6500 Press Drive. Tickets begin at $10 and registration can be completed here. Anyone who registers before September will also receive a shirt.