NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A woman organized a race, took money from hundreds of runners, then cancelled without giving refunds. Thursday some of those runners filed warrants against Devon Beezhold.
“I’d like to see everybody get their money back,” said runner Katelin Sailock. “There has to be hundreds of participants that are sitting there waiting.”
Sailock and Amanda Selley are two of those runners still waiting to get a refund from the Hash Dash 5K. The Norfolk race was canceled in May because Beezhold didn't have the necessary permit. Beezhold has yet to return many of the runners $50 entrance fees.
It’s not known how many runners singed up for the race, but If there were 200 hundred runners in the Hash Dash, each paying $50, that would $10,000.
“You think it's just a moral issue, that someone would know right from wrong and not just take something from somebody,y but sometimes they just have to learn a lesson,” said Sailock.
Hash Dashers have begun that process. Thursday two Newport News runners went to a magistrate and took out misdemeanor warrants against Beezhold for obtaining money under false pretenses. They took the criminal charges out in Newport News because they bought the tickets online in that city.
Beezhold refused to answer any of WAVY.com’s questions, and Reporter Jason Marks was bullied by her neighbor for trying to get answers.
“I think it's just, give us our money back, and that's it,” said Selley. “Give us our money back and stop putting on events.”
Selley believes there can be something if the runners banned together. The issue is how many of them are out there, and who are they. Selley's started Facebook page called "Justice for Hash Dash 5K Runners" to get everyone in one place.
“It's really important because we need more than one voice to actually go against her,” Selley said. “We need a lot of people to take something against her to get our stuff back.”
Norfolk Police told WAVY.com they looked into "the Hash Dash" and could not proceed because they found no criminal activity within Norfolk City limits. They say that because if someone is using Norfolk to hold an event, that doesn't mean the crime happened there.
Stay with WAVY.com for the latest in the warrants taken out against Beezhold.
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