United Way St. Charles sets 2022 Bridge Run date

It’s been three years since the public has had the chance to run across the Hale Boggs Bridge in the United Way St. Charles’ Bridge Run, but if all goes according to plan that will change in 2022.

Melissa Perrier, UWSC Campaign and Marketing Manager, said the UWSC team is planning on holding the run on June 11, 2022 pending permit approvals.

“The last year we had the race was 2019,” she said, adding the 2020 race was cancelled due to the pandemic and in 2021 a virtual run was held in the place of the normal event.

Perrier said in other recent years the run was canceled due to bad weather and road construction on the bridge. The latter, she said, is why the UWSC team decided to move the event from the spring when it is normally held to June.

“It’s a signature event, not just for United Way, but for the community,” Perrier said of the Bridge Run. “We’ve had it over 20 years and it’s one of those things that people really look forward to.”

The 5k race raises awareness and funds for UWSC.

“It’s always been such a great family event and a lot of people use it as part of their fitness goals,” Perrier said. “It’s something the community gets really excited about. We’re looking forward to bringing this back to the community.”

Perrier said the chip-timed run, which starts at the East Bank Bridge Park, ends at the West Bank Bridge Park with health and wellness booths, free food and drinks and prizes.

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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