There are some certainties when you participate in a road race in New Orleans. The course is going to be flat, somebody will be wearing a Saints shirt and there will be lots and lots of beer, even if it's 7 o'clock in the morning. Oh, you could bet that Chuck George will be on the microphone.
It wouldn't be truthful to say that George has been a race director since the first road race was run in New Orleans. It just seems that way. If you've run more than a handful of races in the city, you know him. I mean, raise your hand if you've heard "Drink plenty of Kentwood Springs water" at least 1,000 times.
So it might not come as a surprise that Sunday, Chuck George will produce his 900th road race.
If there is something surprising about it, the milestone comes at a brand new race -- the Reveille at Oak Alley in Vacherie, between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Nine hundred road races? That's and average of 30 a year for 30 years. That's lots of flat courses, lots of Saints shirts, a whole lot of beer and a lake full of "Kentwood Springs water".
"I know the two other race directors in the nation that have produced more events, wish they could join me," George said. "In a few years from now, I'd like to be able to state that this race will be number 1,000."
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