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Posted: October 5, 2005

Athletics: The 2006 Mardi Gras Marathon Is On---"Come Back to the Big Easy!"

Mardi Gras Marathon to Host Major Hurricane Katrina Relief Fundraiser

In an unprecedented move to assist with the rebuilding of New Orleans, the 41st running of the Mardi Gras Marathon and Half Marathon will donate all net proceeds to a special Hurricane Katrina Fund called "Back to the Big Easy". This fund will give ALL NET PROCEEDS from the Mardi Gras Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K to local charities based in the city to help with the Big Easy recovery efforts.

This year's event scheduled for Sunday, February 5, 2006 will be the first major sporting event back in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina brought the Crescent City to its knees on that dark Monday morning in August. Premier Event Management, the marathon's production team, as well as the New Orleans Track Club, owners of the Mardi Gras Marathon, are excited about this opportunity to give something back to the city that has given so much to our lives and the lives of our children.

"The city of New Orleans with its famous coffee and beignets, Jazz Music and beautiful architecture will be back like never before", states race director Bill Burke a native of New Orleans for the last 49 years. "New Orleans has been called the city that care forgot! But we will never forget this city, its culture, its people or its place in the fabric of this country. Through the running of this event we hope to show the world that the Big Easy is Back".

How can you help? By registering to run or walk in the 2006 Mardi Gras Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K, you will be giving to those who now have so little. Each participant will receive a long sleeve 2006 Mardi Gras Marathon -"Back to the Big Easy" T-shirt and our commemorative Back to the Big Easy Finisher's Medal.

Even non-participants can help! Each individual that contributes $50.00 to our "Back to the Big Easy Fund" will receive by mail our special "2006 Back to the Big Easy" long sleeve commemorative T-shirt and a big thank you from the Crescent City.

Currently, Premier Event Management is working with both state and local tourism and police officials on the 2006 race course, host hotels and post event party area. "We understand fully the logistical issues we face for 2006, but at the same time we recognize we have an opportunity to make a real difference in the rebirth of this city and its tourism industry with the running of this marathon."

For information on sponsorship, volunteering or registration for the 2006 Mardi Gras Marathon and our "Back to the Big Easy Fund", please contact Bill Burke at Premier Event Management 504-454-6561 office, 504-628-3155 cell, or send your email to

For more information, visit the Mardi Gras Marathon Web site

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