First Annual Run with the Nuns event set for March 26

The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation will launch the inaugural Run with the Nuns motorcycle ride, bikeshow and event on March 26, 2011 at Chennault International Airport starting at 8:00 a.m.  Bikers are invited to participate in the run to help raise funds for the Center for Healthy Living, a new project supported by the Foundation.

"The Center for Healthy Living will be a place where individuals can be in the driver's seat of their own health, emphasizing the importance of prevention, detection, treatment and lifestyle wellness," says Kay Barnett, Executive Director of Development for the Foundation.  "This Center will take a new approach to health, motivating people to live better lives and benefiting generations to come."

The services offered will include educational and healthcare support for families and corporate programs to help people maintain healthy weight, manage stress and chronic pain, eliminate threatening habits and strengthen immune systems, Barnett adds.

The donation to ride is $20 each per rider and/or passenger.  Registration includes breakfast & lunch, door prize ticket, medal and event T-shirt.  The deadline to pre-register and receive a T-shirt is March 16.

The Most Reverend Glen John Provost, Bishop of the Diocese of Lake Charles, will bless the bikers and event medals at 9 am.  Bikers will depart from Chennault International Airport at 9:15 a.m. and ride through the Creole Nature Trail, an All-American Road in the southwest corner of Lake Charles, Louisiana, where nature meets the road in one of the nation's last wildernesses.  The day's events are open to the public and include live bands, vendor booths, motorcycle and classic car show, rice and gravy cook-off and family fun.

Custom event do-rags and temporary tattoos will be available for purchase.    To register for the bike run and cook-off, or for more information, visit  or call (337) 430-5353.  Vendor booth space is also available for purchase.  The vendor registration form can also be found at the Run with the Nuns event page at