Last Sunday Bec, Sharky, and I did A Run Through History 5K. Supposedly, it has more turns than any other 5K in the country. That doesn’t suprise me because I regularly run through Metairie Cemetery and I have to zig-zig quite a bit to get 2 miles out of it. To make it 3.1 miles takes a lot more switchbacks.
If you don’t know the history of Metairie Cemetery, it was once a horse track. Legend has it that a wealthy Northerner wanted to join the private horse racing club. The Southern members told the guy that he couldn’t join(as it was a private club). The Yankee swore he would buy the club and turn it into a cemetery. And that’s what happened! Look it up.
Famous people buried in Metaire Cemetery:
William Claiborne(first Governor of Louisiana)
Al Copeland(chicken pimp)
Jefferson Davis(later his body was moved to Richmond, VA)
Ruth Fertel(founder of Ruth’s Chris Steak House)
Andrew Higgins(inventor of WWII’s Higgins Boat)
Al Hirt(jazz trumpeter)
Harry Lee(Chinese cowboy)
P.B.S. Pinchback(Louisiana governor and first black governor of a US state)
Metairie Cemetery was also the location for shooting the first music video for westbank puppet superstar Lil Doogie. Familiarize yourself with Doogie:
Anyway, Bec and Sharky came in top 10 for race walkers. Not too shabby. Oh, and after the race there was jambalaya and Abita. Always good to run and then drink. Always.