Renegade Race Series, the Orange County business that produced running, triathlon and adventure sports events throughout Southern California, has called it quits, citing the devastating economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as their reason for going out of business.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we are writing to tell you that Renegade Racing is going out of business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. None of us expected just how devastating this virus would be to our country — and to many small businesses just like ours,” a company statement released Friday said.

“…As events canceled one by one over the spring, we maintained hope. We moved events to later dates, we hosted virtual events, we created more digital content to keep our participants engaged. All the while, we scaled back as much as we could, we applied for relief funding and grants. We eagerly sought out creative solutions to take care of our participants and to keep our business solvent. The fact is, our bills didn’t stop but our income did. It was an unsustainable business model, and consequently, we are leaving this business with a tremendous amount of personal debt from trying to save it. Now we are going from a `DNF 2020 (race term for Did Not Finish) to closing the books on 15 years of doing what we love.”

The Lake-Forest-based business was run by Jonathan and Taite Pauley. It organized events that raised funds for charity, including the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation Reaching for the Cure, the Tustin Public Schools Foundation Dino Dash, the Challenged Athletes Foundation, the City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, Race for the Rescues, Forever Footprints OC Walk to Remember, and the American Heart Association Heart Walk.

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