There have been so many impacts to our lives daily during this unprecedented time in our lives. Loads of closures, some temporary, others permanent. Some impacts are felt daily, others are occasional (like no community fireworks in our home city!). I almost feel these losses more than the day to day losses. The events. The anticipation of each one and the disappointment as each one is cancelled.
We received notification earlier this week that our absolute FAVORITE race production company, Renegade Racing is shutting down permanently. This news was absolutely devastating to us. Renegade has been a part of our lives for the past 11 years. One of the first running events I ever ran was put on my them (Pediatric Cancer Research Foundations’ reaching for the cure in 2009) and over the years we have run many of their events. Our little guy was 3 weeks old when newmom pushed him in the stroller and he even has a medal from that race.
Newmom’s mother and our nieces and nephews have run renegade events. They have become family oriented events. I consider Jonathan and Taite (the owners) friends. I remember when they married, I remember when they had their child (he is about a year younger than our little man). I have made many great friends through running these events and my messenger blew up when the news broke with messages of disbelief and sadness.
There is truly a ‘Renegade family’ and many of us are just gutted. These are events we look forward to. These are events that we train for. These are events that on the way home in the car we are asking what the next one is going be. Or saying what they loved about the current event.
There will be no more memories. No more seeing Jonathan on his bike as he surveys the course in front of the pack. No more running into Taite at packet pick up at Roadrunner Sports. All things we did many times.
Another casualty of the pandemic. Another loss. One that hurts A LOT.
Jonathan and Taite, thank you for all of the great work you have done and good luck for whatever lays ahead.