Sigh... let's not enter into the debate of which is the original newton challenge again...
To me the Challenge32 resembles more of the original newton challenge because it falls under the same period, its held at east coast park and it has the signature 32km route. It is unfortunate that Newton did not agree to sponsor the run anymore, but later lends its name to Spacebib to the virtual run format.
I totally forgotten about the virtual run till you guys reminded me again.
In any case yes let's hope it doesn't gets canned next year, though a lot of damage to the run's brand name has already been made.
I had wanted to try Newton Challenge last year. Unfortunately, it didn't happen and it became a virtual run this year. I don't know about the costs, but perhaps it is more profitable for them to have it virtual?