There’s no better way to kick off the New Year than with a run on New Year’s Day. For 19 years, that meant the RunTex to RunTex run but that’s been dead and buried for a few years. Fortunately, Rogue Running stepped up to fill that void with its Third Annual Black Eyed Pea Run.

Just like RunTex to RunTex was, the Black Eyed Pea Run is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. The run gets underway at 8:30 from the Rogue Mother Ship (410 Pressler Street). If you’ve never been to Rogue HQ it’s in a beautiful building on a side street, just off West 5th Street, maybe a half mile west of Lamar.

Unlike RunTex to RunTex which was 13 miles, the Black Eyed Pea Run has a variety of distances, ranging from four miles to 16 with plenty of water stops along the way. If you’re in a Rogue training group, this will serve as your weekly long run so adjust your distance accordingly. Another plus, the 16-mile course will go by Zilker Park near the end so anyone who wants to celebrate with a plunge in Barton Springs for the Polar Bear Splash, can do so.

Parking at Rogue is limited so your best bet is to show up at least 15-20 minutes early to get settled in and check out the course maps that aren’t revealed until New Year’s morning. The weather forecast looks OK with temps in the low 40s but with a chance of rain.

Following the run, the party begins at Rogue with mimosas, beer and the traditional black eyed peas (for good luck in the new year).

Gilbert’s Gazelles are also hosting a New Year’s morning run, beginning at 8:00 AM from Luke’s Locker (115 Sandra Muraida). This celebratory run is also free and open to the public. The first 100 runners will receive a free T-shirt.

The 3-5 mile run is on the Butler/Lady Bird Lake trail as most of the Gazelles are going long the following day. Costumes are encouraged.