Many participate in Jambalaya Festival's 5K race

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Last weekend, people from across the state came to Ascension Parish in droves for the 49th annual Jambalaya Festival, but the jambalaya wasn’t the only thing on their minds.

On Saturday morning, hundreds of runners showed up in the festival grounds of Gonzales’ Irma Boulevard for the 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run.

The day began with the Fun Run at 8 a.m. and ended with the 5K at 8:30, and the races were sponsored by Caro Family Medical Clinic. Participants received free jambalaya and a complimentary T-shirt. was on hand to time out the race.

Jacen Laclos--who is currently stationed in Fort Rucker, Ala.--won the event with a time of 17 minutes and 5.1 seconds. That was well ahead of the winning time from last year—which was 19 minutes and 36 seconds.

Dutchtown track star and Southeastern signee Ben Vasterling finished second with a time of 17 minutes and 50.2 seconds.

Last year's winner and Gonzales resident Clarence Johnson finished third with a time of 19 minutes and 47.7 seconds. Baton Rouge's Joseph Patterson was fourth at 19 minutes and 59.6 seconds and Gonzales' Russ Bourgeois rounded out the top five with a time of 20 minutes 19.9 seconds.