CADILLAC — A staple of Labor Day weekend is off the books this year.
The annual Cadillac Festival of Races has been canceled for 2019, according to a post on its website as of Tuesday afternoon.
The post states, "We are sorry to report the Cadillac Festival of Races is canceled for 2019. We have seen a steady decline in participants over the last 4-5 years and this year is no exception. Please know if you have already registered to run/bike/board or if your business has so generously sponsored, you will receive a full refund. If anyone has questions, they can be directed to our email address firstname.lastname@example.org."
Organizers of the Festival of Races could not be reached for comment.
This year's event was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31.
With the cancelation, a good amount of history is gone. The 10K, which would have had its 47th running this year, was the longest continually-running 10K in Michigan.
The numbers certainly show a steady decline.
A total of 314 competitors finished one event or another during the 2014 Festival of Races. That slipped to 295 in 2015 and to 261 in 2016. It dropped to 230 in 2017 and was down to 170 total competitors in 2018.
The 5K run/walk had 162 participants in 2015 and was done to just 74 last year. The 10K was at 72 in 2015 but had dropped to just 39 in 2018.
The Cadillac Adventure Triathlon stayed fairly steady with its participation, partially due to its uniqueness. Instead of a swimming leg, this triathlon featured a two-mile kayak race on Lake Cadillac. Most triathlons are run/bike/swim events.