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Participate in a ‘Virtual’ Road Race to Commemorate D-Day

Participate in a ‘Virtual’ Road Race to Commemorate D-Day

(New Orleans) – To commemorate the 76TH anniversary of D-Day and the Museum’s 20TH anniversary, The National WWII Museum and Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic are launching the inaugural WWII Liberty Road Challenge to honor the route Allied Forces took to liberate France in the summer of 1944.

 Beginning Saturday, June 6, which is the 76TH anniversary of D-Day, runners, walkers, joggers and even bicyclists can sign up to tackle the virtual challenge either individually or as part of a team. Those signing up as individuals will complete a 100-mile virtual course honoring the route from Sainte-Mere-Eglise to Saint-Malo in France. The team challenge is a 712-mile virtual course divided up between team members that covers the entire route from Sainte-Mere-Eglise in France to Bastogne in Belgium. Individuals and team members can begin participating in the challenge after completing registration. Logging of mileage will begin on July 4 and end September 10 (the day Bastogne was liberated from Nazi occupation in 1944). Individuals and teams may complete the challenge by walking, jogging, running, bicycling or any combination of the four.

 All registered participants receive a virtual bib, commemorative 2020 Liberty Road Challenge t-shirt, WWII finishers dog tag and a 25-percent discount for a ticket to The National WWII Museum. The entry cost for both the individual and team challenges is $50. A portion of entry and 100-percent of donations to the challenge will go directly to the Museum and its mission.

 “With the anniversary of D-Day this month, we’re thrilled to partner with The National WWII Museum to launch a patriotic way to stay active,” said 2020 Liberty Road Challenge Director Eric Stuart. “We hope this inaugural 2020 Liberty Road Challenge will raise awareness for the Museum, honor WWII veterans and help keep people active during the ongoing COVID crisis.”

 “We’re excited to partner with the Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic team on the Liberty Road Challenge,” said Stephen J. Watson, Museum President & CEO. “It’s a great way to help support the Museum and its mission to tell the story of the American experience in World War II while promoting the health and wellness of our communities.”

 Registration for the 2020 Liberty Road Challenge will open on Saturday, June 6 – the 76TH anniversary of D-Day.  To register, interested participants should visit Registration for the challenge will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on July 4, 2020. Any questions runners have about the virtual race can be emailed to


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Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman is a Managing Editor for Parents & Kids. She's also a book editor, former newspaper reporter, and is author of the humor essay collection, "Kissing the Crisis," which deals with the zanier aspects of parenting, relationships and turning 40. She's read her work on NPR radio and over 1,500 items have appeared in dozens of literary and commercial publications, including The Writer, The Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and, Dogster, Mississippi Magazine, American Fitness and many more. She's a New Orleans native, but lived for over a dozen years on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, including during 2005 when her house was flooded by Hurricane Katrina. She's a mom to two teenagers.

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