St. Paul’s run set for Dec. 5

St. Paul School’s “Run with the Wolves Cross Country Christmas Run” will distribute some very special trophies on this year’s race day of Dec. 5.
 Each award – featuring a wooden cutout of a snowflake and St. Paul’s wolf mascot – was stained and assembled by members of the cross country team, sponsors of the race.

But there’s more.

The trophies’ inscriptions were done in calligraphy by Terryl Chatham, St. Paul’s head cross country coach and assistant track coach.

“They made more than 100 trophies. Each team member will receive one as a keepsake and we will give out more than 80 awards in various catego- ries,” said school parent Donna Wallace of the 15th annual event, featuring a one-mile fun run at 8 a.m., followed by a 5K race beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Racers will start and finish at Hunter Stadium on St. Paul’s campus, 917 S. Jahncke Ave., with the route taking them through old Covington.

“This is the team’s only fund-raiser of the year,” said Wallace, noting that the event’s proceeds stretch far and wide.

In addition to covering food and lodging for the cross country team’s summer training camp at Fountainebleau State Park, the generated funds pay for the team’s December awards banquet at Benedict’s Restaurant in Mandeville; team members’ post-race sandwiches after all meets during the cross country season; race ribbons; family get-togethers; and “personal record” cards, the latter mailed to team members who set personal bests.

St. Paul’s cross country team also comes together for an annual service project. At the beginning of the school year, which coincides with the start of the cross country season, the athletes and their families collect school supplies and place them in backpacks for donation to the Covington Food Bank, which distributes them to families in need.

Spirited runners welcome

On race day, runners are invited to get into the spirit of the upcoming Christmas season by donning antlers, Santa hats, elf costumes and other seasonal gear. Participants ages 16 and under are eligible for a bicycle giveaway, and all participants will enjoy post-race jambalaya and snacks.

Entry fees for runners who pre-register are $25 (long- sleeve shirt) and $15 (short sleeve). Pre-registered runners will receive their T-shirts on race day.

Entry fees for race-day registrants are $30 (long-sleeve shirt) and $20 (short sleeve). Race-day entrants are not guaranteed sizes or availability.

A no-shirt option is available (on race-day only) for $15.

The following registration opportunities are available:

➤ Registration by mail (by Nov. 25): send a check payable to St. Paul’s Cross Country Christmas Run, 49 Karen Drive, Covington, LA 70433.

➤ In-person registration through Nov. 28 at Varsity Sports, 2021 Claiborne St., Mandeville. (985) 624-8200.

➤ Online registration through Nov. 28 at

➤ Race-day registration and number pickup begins at 7 a.m. on Dec. 5.

The race’s coordinator is Diane Weiss. For more information, call (985) 893-3684 or (504) 460-2991, or visit

Beth Donze can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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