Saints notes: Two practices closed to public

The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday that two training camp practices that were to be open to the public — Aug. 2 and Aug. 5 — will be closed because of a change in the football operations schedule.

Sixteen practices between July 26 and Aug. 15 are scheduled to be open to the public at the Saints practice facility located at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie. Open practices are scheduled for July 26-Aug. 1, Aug. 3 (scrimmage), Aug. 6-8 and Aug. 11-15.

Fans are reminded that open practices are subject to be moved indoors because of weather or at the discretion of the coaching staff with little or no warning. Workouts moved indoors because of inclement weather are closed to the public.

Fans are advised to check or Twitter (@Saints) for updates.

Training camp opens Thursday when players report for meetings and a conditioning test, which is closed to media and fans.

Back to Football Run

The second annual Saints Back to Football Run, a 5K race and one-mile fun run for kids to celebrate the start of the 2013 season, will be held Saturday, Aug. 31 in New Orleans.

The event, which will benefit Team Gleason, The One Fund Boston and Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, will begin in Champions Square and finish on the 50-yard line of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, according to a Saints news release.

A post-race party with live entertainment will take place after the race in Champions Square, and participants will receive a “Saints Back to Football Run” shirt and a commemorative finisher’s medal.

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Morstead to host benefit

Saints Pro Bowl punter Thomas Morstead will host an event to benefit his “What You Give Will Grow” initiative at Ruffino’s on the River in Lafayette from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday.

Morstead will kick off a raffle for a package that includes two tickets for each 2013 regular-season home game, hotel accommodations for each home game, a diamond fleur-de-lis necklace and dinner for two with Morstead and wife, Lauren, as well as an autographed 2013 Pro Bowl jersey.

Fans can purchase raffle tickets at the event or at starting Tuesday. Ticket prices are $2 with a minimum purchase of $10.

While in Lafayette, Morstead will spend time with patients on the Oncology Floor at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center and visit with members of the Louisiana-Lafayette football team.