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Rose Festival denied permit for new half marathon

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Earlier this week, Rose Festival officials announced the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon will not be returning to the festival this year, and were just denied a permit to organize a new half marathon.

On Thursday, officials told FOX 12 they have been trying to organize a different half marathon in its place but found out the city would not give them a permit for it.

Portland Police said the permit was denied because staffing marathons is a challenge that requires overtime, and they don't have enough officers.

The Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon had been a part of the Rose Festival since it began in Portland in 2012.

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