The absolute best way to kick start the New Year is by doing the Black Eyed Pea Run on Thursday morning (January 1st) which, for the second year in a row, will be hosted and staged by Rogue Running. This is the 20th consecutive year of a New Year’s Day Run and it’s traditionally been a north-to-south, 13-miler.
This year is substantially different.
First, it will start at Rogue (410 Pressler, right off 5th Street, about a half mile west of Lamar) at 9 a.m. Because of all sorts of city-imposed restrictions (and costs), the entire run will be on the Butler/Lady Bird Lake Trail. The distance is set at 13 miles, but you run as far (or as short) as you wish. Cutting the trail a little bit short is permitted.
The entire New Year’s Day shebang is free, open to everyone and finishes back at Rogue where the real partying gets going. As is traditional, black-eyed peas will be served along with other refreshments for the expected crowd of some 400.
Weather conditions for Thursday morning are not promising. Jim Spencer over at KXAN is predicting temps in the low 30s with either drizzle or freezing drizzle. If nothing else, cruddy weather will make for an even more memorable New Year’s Day run.
Bring a change of clothes for the post-run festivities.