Nearly 1,200 participate in the 2023 United Way St. Charles Bridge Run

Nearly 1,200 people registered for United Way of St. Charles’ Bridge Run on Saturday – the first time in four years that the race was able to take place in the spring.

The 2020 race was cancelled due to the pandemic and in 2021 a virtual run was held in the place of the normal event. Last year the run was held in June due to road construction.

UWSC Director John Dias said he and others were excited to be able to bring the parish tradition back this year to its traditional time.

“I think I like the Bridge Run so much because the event itself just feels like spring,” he said. “Seeing 1,200 or 1,300 friends and neighbors out having a good time together on a spring morning is life affirming.”

Female winners of the 2023 bridge run were Samantha Todaro in first place, Priscilla Mantilla in second place, and Mallory Becnel in third place.

Preston Mire was the first male to finish the race, followed by Kaden Elliott in second place. Braden Genius came in third.

Shell, Valero and other local industry leaders and businesses sponsored the 5k, which raises awareness and funds for UWSC. The St. Charles Parish race is part of a three bridge race series. Runners who complete all three races – which includes ones across the Huey P. Long and Crescent City Connection bridges –  receive a special race medallion.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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