As had been rumored, Rogue Running pulled the plug on its Rogue Distance Festival in Cedar Park after four years. The Rogue Festival’s primary race was its 30-K which has long been a mainstay of the Austin Distance Challenge.
In a statement released yesterday, Chris McClung of Rogue said: “After four years, we have decided not to continue the Rogue Distance Festival in 2017. This was a very difficult decision for us and one we did not come to lightly. After evaluating several options and given ongoing constraints surrounding the course and road closures, we do not believe we can produce a race that is both safe for everyone and represents the quality that we believe in.”
The past two races had some course issues and cold, winter weather as well. But the races, which started and finished at Cedar Park High School, were well-attended and managed professionally. The 30-K distance has been part of the Distance Challenge for many years at various locations, but most of the entrants in the Rogue race were doing it as part of the Austin Distance Challenge.
The Rogue race was the fourth of the six-race DC series, but at this point, it appears that for 2017, there will only be five races: The Run Free Texas 8-K, Run for the Water 10-miler, the Decker Challenge Half Marathon, the 3M Half Marathon and the Austin Marathon. The latter two races will be managed and produced by High Five Events which has taken over ownership of the Austin Marathon and its half.