Registration for Saints 5K kickoff run opens

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Runners make their way onto Poydras Street during the Saints Back to Football 5k run in New Orleans on Saturday August 31, 2013 beginning in Champions Square and ending at the 50 yard line in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH — Runners make their way onto Poydras Street during the Saints Back to Football 5k run in New Orleans on Saturday August 31, 2013 beginning in Champions Square and ending at the 50 yard line in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Saints fans wanting to take part in a 5-kilometer race that begins in Champions Square, leads participants through the French Quarter as well as the team tunnel in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and culminates at the 50-yard line of the stadium field can sign up now.

Registration for the “2014 Saints Kickoff Run” at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, opened Wednesday at Saints5k.com. The third edition of the annual race will also feature an NFL “Play 60″ Fun Run for Kids, and the proceeds of both events will benefit the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and the Louisiana Children’s Museum.

Registration costs for the Kickoff Run are $40 from Wednesday to Aug. 19; $50 from Aug. 20 to Sept. 2; and $60 on the weekend of the race, if available. The Saints then kick off the regular season the next day at Atlanta. For the Fun Run, it’s $15, $20 and $25 during the aforementioned dates.

“We can’t think of a better way to kick off another great season of Saints football than to join together and do what we do best — celebrate football, our fans and taking care of our community,” said Rita Benson LeBlanc, team co-owner and vice chairwoman of the board.

Visit Saints5k.com for more information.