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Rum Creek Fire cancels "Run to the Rogue"

Andrea Taylor
Confederated Tribes of Siletze Indians.
In this undated photo of a previous "Run to the Rogue" event, Isaac (left) and Logan Butler (right) participate in the event.

Efforts to revive a popular 213-mile running event after several cancelations were thwarted again this year.

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians organizes the annual “Run to the Rogue” event. Siletz Tribal Chair Delores Pigsley told KLCC that its route has historic significance for her people.

“It’s up the Rogue River to the Illinois, where our treaty was signed," said Piglsley. "And so it’s a big event, it gets lots of participants. However, we know there’s a fire at Rum Creek that isn’t close to where we celebrate, but it’s definitely causing a smoke problem.”

In a release, the CTSI confirms that the Rum Creek Fire near the run’s finish line has canceled the event. It had been scheduled for September 9 through 11, but organizers plan to have it back in 2023.

The last Run to the Rogue was held in 2019.

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.