NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - It's being called, "The race that didn't happen" and it left a lot of angry runners in Norfolk. The run called the "Hash Dash" was supposed to take place May 11, but it was called off just two days before.
"It seemed poorly organized," said runner Ivan Ash.
The "Hash Dash" was a 5K which had runners heading down Norfolk's Granby Street. The runners also were going to stop by several bars and get a drink.
"It's like a pub crawl with some running involved," Ash added.
Ash and his friend Jennifer Goff signed up to run the race in January. They paid the early entry fee of $35. It would been $50 if they waited longer.
"This was going to be our fun race," Goff said. "This is the first race we signed up for. We felt taken advantage of."
"I was contacted on Thursday May 9 by the Norfolk police," said race organizer Devon Marie. "They were going to make sure the race didn't happen."
Marie says this all a misunderstanding. She asked WAVY.com not to use her real last name, because she's been getting threats since the race was postponed.
"They (Police) said until we get a permit from the city that we couldn't do it."
Marie who has organized other races in the area says she was under the impression no permit was needed. She now knows differently and feels awful that people believe she was trying run a scam.
"That's what a lot of people think that I was collecting this money with the intention of cancelling this race and keep the money," Marie added. "That's not it at all. My reputation's being pretty ruined because of this."
If the race is canceled she says she can only refund a portion of the entry fee. That's because, some of the fees went to t-shirts, medals and trophies.
"Who wants an imaginary t-shirt from a race that never happened," Ash asked. "The point was that we were running in a race. Those are things what you get when run in a race. We weren't buying a t-shirt. We were running in a race that didn't happen."
Marie says she's has already applied for a permit to hold the race. She says when she gets approval she will figure out a new race date.
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