2016 Monk Run is Back On!

The flooding at Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College in March, the worst in a century, damaged 31 buildings and structures on the grounds, resulting in the closure of campus to the public and the cancellation of events, including Monk Run, the annual 1-mile / 5K trail run and walk on the beautiful Abbey grounds.

Through the kindness and generosity of the 15th Street Flyers, Saint Joseph Abbey’s 2016 Monk Run will be held off-site this year. Proceeds will be donated to the Saint Joseph Abbey Flood Relief Fund. Help restore the Abbey and bring next year's race back home by participating in this "street style" version of this very popular trail run.

The 2016 Monk Run takes places Saturday, April 23, at Hubie Gallagher Park in Covington, located at 15th Avenue and Filmore Street (three blocks off Tyler St.) The 1-mile race begins at 8 a.m., while the 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration and number pickup begin at 7 a.m.  Online registration is available through Sunday, April 17 at getmeregistered.com/monkrun2016.

Pre-registration is $25, or $10 for ages 16 and under. T-shirts will be given out to all pre-registered entrants on the day of the race. Race day registration is $30, or $15 for ages 16 and under. Race day entrants are not guaranteed T-shirt availability or sizes.

You may also mail your registration by Friday, April 15 (with checks only, payable to Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College) to Saint Joseph Abbey and Seminary College, C/O 15th Street Flyers, 49 Karen Dr., Covington, LA 70433. Registration forms are available at www.saintjosephabbey.com/monk-run/. Registration is also available at Varsity Sports, 2021 Claiborne Street in Mandeville.

A post-race picnic for all registered participants will include refreshments, including local food and beverages. Race sponsor Abita Brewing Company will provide beverages, including Abita Amber, Abbey Ale, Abita Root Beer, and more.

Hand-made awards from the Abbey monks will be given in the following categories: 

  • 1 Mile: Overall Male & Female
  • 5K: Overall Male & Female; Masters Male & Female, Grand Masters Male & Female; Overall Racewalker Male & Female

For additional race information or to become a sponsor, call Diane Weiss at (985) 893-3684 or (504) 460-2991.

Please visit helptheabbey.com to contribute to the Abbey’s recovery efforts.