November 22, 2023
Ready. Set. Gleaux!
On Thanksgiving Eve (Nov 22, 2023), light up the night sky with us by wearing things that GLEAUX as we run or walk down Camellia Blvd for the 20th annual Camellia Crossing: Acadiana's Gleaux Run. Your registration fee and the funds you raise will make a direct impact on lives in Acadiana. Start a TEAM with your family, friends, and co-workers and discover the difference you can make together!
All funds raised stay in Acadiana to fund our mission to help families fight, survive, and live with cancer. This night of family fun begins at 5:30pm
in Town Square River Ranch.
2022 Race Results - 5K 2022 Race Results - 1 Mile VIEW COURSE MAP
Post Run Party!
After the races, join the celebration in Town Square River Ranch. Enjoy good music, dancing, great food, and kids activities. We'll also have a photo backdrop set up for you. Take your family or team photo and share it on our facebook page!
- 4:00 PM - Registration, Pre-Registration & Wristband Tents open
- 5:00 PM - Kids Zone & Milesy Mart/Gleaux Shop open
- 5:30 PM - Camellia Blvd. closes, Registration closes, & Drink Tent opens (soft drinks & water)
- 5:35 PM - Opening Ceremonies (Town Square in River Ranch)
- 6:00 PM - Food Tents open
- 6:05 PM - 1 mile race (corner of Camellia Blvd. & Stonemont)
- 6:35 PM - 5K race (Camellia Blvd. near Silverstone)
- 8:00 PM - Awards Ceremony
- 8:30 PM - Camellia Blvd. reopens
- 9:30 PM - Event ends
Kentwood - water
Lafayette Coca-Cola Company - soft drinks, Powerade, & water
Mello Joy - coffee/hot chocolate
Raising Cane's - lemonade and sweet tea
Schilling Distributors - beer* (available for a donation)
Food & Drinks
Each race participant will receive a food/drink wristband with their registration. The wristband will allow access to the food and drinks that will be available at the post-race party. Additional Food/Drink wristbands (for those not participating in the race) are available to purchase for $5 on the day of the event.
Rene Prejean Catering - Jambalaya
3 Wize Monkees - Red Beans & Rice
Becoming A Sponsor
Camellia Crossing, a major fundraiser for Miles Perret Cancer Services, brings families together to give thanks as the holiday season begins. 2022 marks the 19th year of this event, and we expect over 3,000 participants. Commit to our cause and become part of the team that makes a difference in the lives of local families fighting cancer.SPONSORSHIP PACKET
Are dogs, roller skates, skateboards, or bikes allowed on the course?
No, anything with four legs or wheels (besides strollers and wheelchairs) should be left at home. Our insurance does not allow us to permit these on the race course.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes, we just ask that you line up towards the back. Any child riding in a stroller should be a registered participant for safety purposes. Please note that children 5 & under will not be timed.
Can I participate in both the 1 Mile and the 5K events?
Yes. However, if you participate in both and your time is fast enough to place in the 1 Mile race, you will not be eligible for awards in the 5K race.
Can my friends and family watch the race?
Absolutely! We welcome your friends and family members to come out and cheer for you along the course or even hang out at the post race party.
Can non-race participants purchase food and drinks?
Yes. Additional food/drink wristbands can be purchased for $5.00 each and entitles the purchaser to one complimentary serving of a food item and two servings of drinks (water, soft drinks, sweet tea, lemonade, coffee or hot chocolate). Food/drink wristbands can be purchased in advance at Packet Pickup or at the Wristband Tent in Town Square starting at 4:30pm. (Don’t forget that registered participants will receive a complimentary food/drink wristband in their registration packet.)
Do you have to be an experienced runner to participate?
Absolutely not! This race is great for the first time walker/ runner to the competitive runner. It is a fun, family event designed for people of all ages and conditions to be able to complete the course. Water stops will be provided along the route for you to stop and catch your breath if needed. You can chose to participate in the 1 mile run/ walk which begins at 6:15 or the 5K run/walk which begins at 6:30.
How will I know where to line up for the 1 Mile start?
From Town Square in River Ranch, it’s best to walk up Stonemont Road to Camellia Blvd. The 1 Mile starts at that intersection on the City Club side of Camellia Blvd.
How will I know where to line up for the 5K start?
From Town Square in River Ranch, we recommend you take Silverstone Road to Camellia Blvd. The 5K starts on the overpass on the tennis court side of Camellia Blvd.
Volunteers holding pace signs will be placed within the starting area so you can line up according to your estimated finishing race time. We ask that you allow the competitive runners to line up towards the front while our walkers, families, and children in strollers line up towards the back. (Remember, with chip timing at the start and finish, your actual start time will be captured when you cross the start line.)
How will my run/walk time be recorded?
Our event uses start/finish chip timing, which is a digital capture of individual start and finish times. Each race bib will have two disposable chips taped on the back. (Please do not remove the chips.) The start and finish lines have mats that you will cross. The timing chips will register your time as you cross the mats at both the start and finish lines.
I am a competitive runner. Is your course certified?
Yes. The race course USATF certification number is LA10002JF.
Is there a post race party in Town Square?
Yes! The post race party will include music, food & drinks, awards, a Kids Zone, and a red carpet photo opportunity.
What happens if it rains?
This event will occur rain or shine. We reserve the right to cancel in extreme circumstances. In that event, there will be no refunds; rather, your entry fee will be used as a donation to Miles Perret Cancer Services. Thank you for supporting families fighting cancer in Acadiana.
What is the Extra Mile Bib?
This year we have a special way for you to help families in Acadiana fighting cancer at Camellia Crossing: Acadiana's Gleaux Run! A $25 donation with your registration provides a colorful bib to recognize your generosity in Going the Extra Mile for our neighbors. The donation will help purchase wigs, nutritional supplements, medical supplies, and more, which Miles Perret Cancer Services provides to families at no charge.
What is the Kids Zone? Is there a cost?
Kids Zone is a fun area intended for ages 12 and under. Activities include crafts, games, face painting, and more! The Kids Zone opens at 5:00pm. All children need a wristband to participate in Kid Zone activities. Wristbands are $5.00 each and can be purchased in advance at Packet Pick-up or at the Information Tent in Town Square starting at 4:30pm.
What time do the roads close?
Camellia Boulevard, from Silverstone Road to Eastland Drive, will be closed from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
Where does the race take place?
The entire race course (for both the 1 Mile and 5K events) takes place along Camellia Boulevard, between Silverstone Road and Eastland Drive. Reference the Race Course map on milesperret.org for more details.
Will all participants be timed?
We are excited to offer this benefit to all participants ages 6 & up. Children 5 & under will not be timed.Participants who wish to be timed MUST BE REGISTERED BY 6PM. Anyone who registers after 6pm will not be timed or eligible for race awards, but will receive a race bib.
Will water be provided along the course?
Yes, three water stations will be provided along the course. (1 mile, 2 mile & finish line)
Parking is available in the following places:
- 1. Along the streets in and around River Ranch
- 2. In parking lots of businesses that have closed
- 3. Onebane parking garage
**City Club Parking lot open ONLY to City Club members. Towing will be enforced.**
Please keep in mind that Camellia Blvd will be closed from cross street Silverstone to Eastland from 5:30pm-8:30pm.
What do you mean by "gleaux ”?
"Gleaux” means things that glow-in-the-dark and blink! Your registration fee will include a few items that gleaux and blink such as a ring, gleaux bracelets, and LED voice-activated glasses. You can help us light up the night sky when you wear your gleaux items during the run/walk. Add as much gleaux you want!
Will you have extra gleaux items available to purchase?
Yes, we will sell specialty gleaux items in Milesy Mart on race day starting at 4:30 in Town Square. Fun and flashy blinking LED and gleaux accessories will be available to purchase. Additionally, we will have a few volunteers to help you loop and connect necklaces and bracelets. We want to help you get your gleaux on!
What comes with registration?
Registration will include:
- Entry to Acadiana’s Gleaux Run!
- Gleaux Gear* -- accessories to help you gleaux, but don’t stop there!
- Camellia Crossing t-shirt with gleaux-in-the-dark ink on front*
- Wristband for one complimentary serving of a food item and two servings of drinks* (water, soft drinks, sweet tea, lemonade, coffee or hot chocolate) in Town Square post-race.
- Race bib with timing chip
- The most fun and rewarding experience you can have on Thanksgiving Eve!
*While supplies last.
If I registered and cannot attend, can I receive a refund?
Since this is a charitable fundraising event, registration fees are non-refundable. In the event that you cannot attend, please select one of the following options:
- Pick up your race packet during Packet Pick-up on Tuesday or Wednesday to receive your race t-shirt and gleaux gear.
- Transfer your race registration to another individual. You will need to contact us by Friday, November 19th for this option.
- Contact us prior to race night to request that your registration fee be converted to a donation. We will be happy to send you a tax acknowledgement letter to confirm the donation.
Am I allowed to pick up my friend’s packet?
Participants ARE allowed to pick up packets for other participants.
How will I make sure I get the correct t-shirt size?
T-shirts are given out on a first come, first serve basis in terms of size and while supplies last. So, make sure to pick up your packet early!
What is packet pick-up?
This is a designated time and place to pick up your race bib with disposable timing chips, race shirt, gleaux gear, and other information about the event. All registered participants will need to pick up their packet.
Participants ARE allowed to pick up packets for other participants.
Important Note: All race packets for individuals registered on a team will be packed together to be picked up by the team captain. Please contact your team captain to make arrangements to pick up your items.
When can I pick up my packet?
Race packets will be available for pick-up during the following times:
- Tuesday, Nov 22nd from 10am - 6pm at Miles Perret Cancer Services
- Wednesday, Nov 23rd from 9am - 12pm at Miles Perret Cancer Services
- Wednesday, Nov 23rd starting at 4:00pm at Town Square River Ranch (Pre-Registration tent)
*Miles Perret Cancer Services is located at 2130 Kaliste Saloom Road (corner of W. Martial and Kaliste Saloom Road).
I'm unable to attend. Can I still pick up my packet?
If you are unable to attend the race and cannot pick up your packet at packet pick-up, your packet will be available at the MPCS office until 30 days after the event.
*The MPCS office is located at 2130 Kaliste Saloom Road, Ste 200
Can team members be added after the November 14th deadline?
Unfortunately, no. This deadline allows us to have time to prepare all participant packets by team so that only one person has to pick up the team packets. However, individuals can sign up through race day, and still walk with their team members. Money raised/donations will not be added to the team count and the size of the team cannot be changed. Race packets will be under that individual’s name vs. the team name.
Does our team have to fundraise in order to participate in the race?
While, fundraising is not required, it is strongly encouraged. It can be as simple as rounding up your registration fee, or asking 5 friends to donate $5.00. Together with your team, you can make a difference in the lives of local families fighting cancer! 100% of your donations/money raised stays in Acadiana! Set a team goal, and make a much greater impact than you could alone.
Do teams have to walk/run together?
There is no "relay” component, so teams can walk/run the race together or separately. You choose! So rally your team together, and join us in giving thanks one step at a time.
How many people do you need to create a team?
You must have 3 or more people to make a team. There is no maximum size limit. Teams can be formed from groups of co-workers, friends, families, or a combination of these. The more the merrier!
Is there a fee to register a team?
No, there is no extra cost involved to start a team. The registration fee will be the same per participant based on age.
Our team has been registered. How are new members added?
Team members can click "Join a team” on our registration page. From here, they will search for the team name and continue with the registration process.
Our team hasn’t registered yet. How do we form one? (Team Deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 14th)
- The person forming the team will be designated as the Team Captain. So, begin by picking a team captain.
- Team captain will register the team by choosing "Start a team” on our registration page.
- From here, you will need to enter your team name and team fundraising goal. (Award given for the largest fundraising team.)
- After the team captain registers and starts the team, others can be added from here or can be added at a later date by selecting the "Join a Team” option.
Who picks up the team packets?
Team Captains, or a designated representative, will be responsible for picking up packets and t-shirts for the team during Packet Pick-up and getting them to their team members. Team packets not picked up during Packet Pick-up will be available in the Pre-Registration tent in Town Square starting at 4:30pm.
What are the race award categories?
Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place 1 Mile participants by gender.
Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place 5K participants by gender as follows:
- Overall Master (ages 40-49)
- Overall Grand Master (ages 50 and over)
- Ages 6-8
- Ages 9-11
- Ages 12-14
- Ages 15-19
- Ages 20-29
- Ages 30-39
- Ages 40-49
- Ages 50-59
- Ages 60-69
- Ages 70 and over
What awards are given on race night?
Awards are given to the fastest participants, largest team, and largest fundraising team.
Do I have to fundraise in order to participate in the race?
While, fundraising is not required, it is strongly encouraged. Don’t be shy, let your friends and family know that you are walking/running in Camellia Crossing to help local families fighting cancer! It can be as simple as rounding up your registration fee, or asking 5 friends to donate $5.00. Think of the difference the additional donations can make. 100% of you’re the money raised stays in Acadiana!
I’d love to give back! How do I begin fundraising?
Fundraising is easy with online tools. Upon registering for the race you will receive your own fundraising website. Here you can get the word out be emailing through your personal webpage, or posting on Facebook and Twitter.
- Personalize your page and set a goal.
- Ask for donations from friends and family, these can be made on your personal web page! Donations can even be made In Memory Of, In Honor Of, or In Celebration of a loved one.
- Tell your friends and family to spread the word.
We’d love to give back! How do we begin fundraising?
Team fundraising is easy with online tools. Each person that registers for the race online will receive their own fundraising website. Teams will also receive an additional team fundraising page. Donations can be made on individual or team pages! Donations can even be made "In Memory Of”, "In Honor Of”, or "Celebrating” a loved one.