Getting ready for a classic

The 10K Crescent City Classic, promoted as “a New Orleans tradition and leading fitness event in Louisiana” dating back to 1979, is predicted to draw as many as 20,000 or more runners, walkers and partiers on Saturday.

National Weather Service forecasters report that on race day, New Orleans should expect patchy fog before 7 a.m. Otherwise, the weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

The race begins for elite runners at 8 a.m. in front of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and proceeds 6.2 miles through the French Quarter, along Esplanade Avenue and into City Park before finishing outside of Tad Gormley Stadium. The Classic’s post-race festival is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in City Park’s Practice Track.