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New Roads Grows the Triathlon Weekend

Gerard Delafose Gerard Delafose
NEW ROADS, LA (WAFB) -

The 22nd Annual Louisiana Triathlon is Saturday May 9th in New Roads, and that small town is expecting more than 250 athletes, most from out-of-town. 

The event includes swimming, biking and running events, all utilizing the unique local elements in New Roads: waterfront along False River, and the scenic highways.

New Roads City Hall announced a brand-new event to follow the Triathlon that same day. The first-ever New Roads Crawfish Jams is born! "The City of New Roads is a proud sponsor of both events," Mayor Robert Myer said.

"These events give so many people an obvious reason to come to New Roads and enjoy themselves. At the same time, we will have an opportunity to help others. Crawfish Jams and the Louisiana Triathlon will contribute proceeds to the Rocketkids Foundation, which is committed to creating and sustaining active, fit and healthy children, families and communities through programming, advocacy and education."

Myer said that the event features three of the city's most prized resources – it's plentiful crop of crawfish, grown by area farmers; the beautiful False River oxbox lake; and the city's picturesque downtown area.

The Crawfish James are from noon to 8 p.m. May 9th on the eastern side of Morrison Parkway in downtown New Roads. Admission is $5.

The event will feature a diverse lineup of Zydeco, Country, Rhythm and Blues and Rock-N-Roll performers, including Gerard Delafose, performing from noon to 1:30 p.m.; BluePrint, on stage from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Chase Tyler Band, playing at 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Bag of Donuts, performing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Information on the Louisiana Triathlon can be found at www.louisianatri.com or athletes can register for the race at www.imathlete.com.

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