There’s no better way to start the new year than with the annual Black Eyed Pea Run. The name might not be familiar, but the New Year’s Day run is. This used to be called the RunTex to RunTex run, but RunTex isn’t around anymore to host it.
Rogue Running has stepped in to keep this great New Year’s Day tradition alive. For the 19th straight year, Austin runners will gather at the Gateway Shopping Center parking lot in north Austin for a 13-mile, mostly downhill run to downtown.
This is a run, not a race so there’s no entry fee,road closures or timing. Just show up at REI (9901 North Capitol of Texas Highway) at 9 a.m. There’s usually a water stop and clothes drop-off point around five miles for the run which finishes at the new Rogue location (not yet opened) at 410 Pressler Street, off West 5th Street.
After the run, there will be the traditional black eyed peas, bread and beer (and other refreshments) served at Rogue.
Carpools from the finish spot up to Gateway are informal, but cars usually leave about 8:30 for the drive north.