About the Event
NOLA Bluedoo is a two-mile competitive race, held in conjunction with the New Orleans Track Club (NOTC), which takes walkers and runners on a tour across Tulane University’s beautiful Uptown campus. In fact, it is part of the NOTC’s 2018 Grand Prix Race Circuit.
But you don’t have to walk or run in order to enjoy the event! Bluedoo is also a party – a celebration of prostate cancer survivorship for the whole family – with plenty of great food, New Orleans-style entertainment, costuming in blue (the color of prostate cancer awareness), a Kids’ Tent, a Survivor Tent, and more!
Proceeds from donations, sponsorships, auction/parade of prizes, and party passes benefit Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center. Proceeds from walk/run registrations benefit the New Orleans Track Club.
Get Your Blue On and Join Us…..
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Registration opens – 4:00 p.m.
Starting gun – 5:00 p.m.
Check-In: Participants can begin checking in or registering at the event venue beginning at 4:00 p.m. on race day; the race begins at 5:00 p.m. All walk/run participants must be registered and wear an official NOTC race bib wile on the course.
Tulane University Uptown Campus
6823 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70118
Gibson Quad (behind Gibson Hall – the middle building on the horseshoe drive off of St. Charles Avenue facing Audubon Park)
The campus is open to public parking that afternoon. Please park anywhere except “Reserved All Hours” or handicapped parking spots. The meters do not need to be fed. There are several parking spots in Tulane’s Diboll Parking Garage, located on Ben Weiner Drive, between Willow St. and Claiborne. The Diboll Garage is building #103 on the Tulane University Campus Map accessible by clicking the button above.
The walk/run course begins and ends in Tulane’s academic quad (behind Gibson Hall near St. Charles Avenue) and will take walkers and runners on a tour across Tulane’s beautiful Uptown campus.
Pre- and Post-Event Festivities
In addition to the competitive walk/run, participants will enjoy pre- and after-race parties, complete with plenty of New Orleans-style food, drink, costuming and other entertainment. Please check back often for details!
Please join us in welcoming The Bluedoo Allstars, an extra special, one-of-a-kind, funky foursome featuring: Brian Stoltz (Funky Meters) on guitar, Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk) on bass, John ‘Papa’ Gros (Papa Grows Funk) on keyboards, and Raymond Weber (Joe Sample) on drums. This amazingly elite and eternally funky group of musicians are sure to make the 5th Annual NOLA Bluedoo our best ever!
Those who pre-register to walk or run are guaranteed to receive a race t-shirt. T-shirts will be provided to all other walk/run participants on a first come first served basis.
Participants are encouraged to costume for this event, especially in blue – the color of prostate cancer awareness.
Silent Auction/Parade of Prizes
There will be opportunity for supporters to participate in a silent auction/parade of prizes featuring a variety of incredible items. To view some of the items included in the auction, please visit our Silent Auction page. All proceeds will benefit Tulane’s Prostate Cancer Research Program.
NOLA Bluedoo Celebration of Survivorship Tent
At the Bluedoo Survivorship Tent, we are celebrating life and honoring our men who have valiantly fought prostate cancer, as well as those who are fighting still. Please check back as the event date nears for additional details.
The Rodney R. Coco Kids’ Tent
The NOLA Bluedoo Family deeply mourns the loss of Rodney Raymond Coco – one of our founding members and, to many, the heart and soul of the event. Rodney, a prostate cancer patient, was a tireless advocate for research and awareness. He and a host of family members and friends – calling themselves “Team Rodney Beats Prostate Cancer” – literally crusaded year-round for NOLA Bluedoo and other events, raising awareness and much-needed research funds to support Dr. Oliver Sartor’s efforts.
Rodney was also a deeply devoted family man and the biggest supporter of the NOLA Bluedoo Kids’ Tent each year. He would seek special food donations and giveaways aimed at keeping the little ones happy, and often personally purchased bicycles that were then raffled and given to one lucky girl and one lucky boy attending the event.
With deepest possible respect for all of Rodney’s contributions and in memory of his perpetually inspirational spirit, the NOLA Bluedoo Planning Committee could think of no better way to honor him in perpetuity than to re-name the kids’ tent the Rodney R. Coco Kids’ Tent.
Thank you, Rodney, from all of us, for all that you did and continue to do. We miss you, friend.
Please check back as the event date nears for a list of activities and entertainment available for our Bludoo kiddos.