Register now for Monk Run 2018

Registration is now open for the 2018 Monk Run. The annual 1-mile / 5k trail run and walk takes place Saturday, April 14 at Saint Joseph Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery and Seminary, located at 75376 River Road in Covington.

Monk Run provides an exclusive opportunity to run on the beautiful, privately owned grounds of the Abbey, which otherwise are not open for public recreational use. Proceeds from Monk Run will help support the maintenance and preservation of the Abbey forest.

The 1-mile race begins at 8:00 a.m., while the 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration and number pickup begin at 6:45 a.m.  

A post-race picnic for all participants will include jambalaya, burgers, and hot dogs. Beverages will be provided by race sponsor Abita Brewing Company, including Abita Amber, Abita Root Beer, and more. Runners are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for the post-race celebration. Hand-made awards from the Abbey monks will be given in several categories and age groups.

Online registration is available through Saturday, April 7 at Pre-registration is $30, $15 for ages 16 and under, or $25 for seniors 65 and over. T-shirts will be given out to all pre-registered entrants on the day of the race. Race day registration is $35, or $20 for ages 16 and under, or $30 for seniors 65 and over. Race day entrants are not guaranteed T-shirt availability or sizes. 

Registration forms, available for download here, may be mailed by Friday, April 6 (with checks only, payable to Saint Joseph Abbey) to Saint Joseph Abbey, C/O 15th Street Flyers, 49 Karen Dr., Covington, LA 70433. Registration is also available at Varsity Sports, 2021 Claiborne Street in Mandeville.

If you are interested in volunteering at Monk Run or becoming a sponsor, contact Kathy Nastasi at (985) 867-2284 or For additional race information, call Diane Weiss at (985) 893-3684 or (504) 460-2991.