NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Some local runners are still getting the run-around. They're trying to get their money back after a race in Norfolk was canceled back in May.
"We paid $50 to run this race and now we can't," said runner Ashleigh Campbell.
Runners are still waiting to hear what's going to happen with the Hash Dash 5K. The race was supposed to be May 11, but two days before, Norfolk Police told the organizer she needed a permit.
"Why did this person schedule this race without the proper permits, without contacting the city first and start collecting money," Campbell said. "It's poor planning on her part."
Campbell says she entered the run because it sounded like a good time. It was scheduled to start and end at Town Point Park and take runners up Granby Street. The twist was runners had to stop in some bars and drink beer before they started running again.
"When she sent out the email that it was going to be rescheduled that was fine," said runner Amanda Selley. "That was back in May. We never heard anything after that."
"[Police] said until we get a permit from the city that we couldn't do it," race organizer Devon Marie told WAVY.com in May.
Marie said she planned to apply for a permit and the city confirms she did May 16. She applied to hold the race either in June or July, but the city denied her request because to use Town Point Park, applications have to be filed a year in advance.
WAVY.com went to Marie's home to find out the latest and was told she's out of town until Sunday. WAVY.com also called the number listed to reach her on a race website, but it was disconnected.
Marie told WAVY.com in May that she could only give partial refunds because money was already spent on shirts and medals. For runners anything would be at least something.
"I would just like to know what she did with the money," runner Katelin Sailock asked? "How much does a t-shirt cost? The rest of it we were just hoping to get back."
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