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[ATG] State accuses a Terre Haute event company of running off with $95K
Start Date: 3/21/2014 All Day
End Date: 3/21/2014
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – More than 1,400 people registered to participate in various out-of-state running events all organized by a local for-profit event company – except the races never happened.

According to a lawsuit filed by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office, Rapid Running Event Management, LLC., and its owner Dave Mason are accused of registering participants for at least five events before cancelling and taking off with more than $95,400 in upfront payments. During 2011 and 2012, the company reported it was hosting half marathons, 5Ks and kid’s fun run events in Wisconsin, Georgia, New York and South Carolina.

“This company misled consumers by not following through on its commitments to reschedule the races or refund customers their registration fees as promised,” Zoeller said. “My office will use all available resources to determine where the consumers’ money went and seek restitution for those harmed.”

Before each of the five Rapid Running events, emails were sent to participants cancelling or postponing the races. More than 940 people registered and paid $64,055 total to participate in an Orchard Park, New York event on June 30, 2012. However, the Village of Orchard Park denied Rapid Running’s permit application due to lack of organization, issues with scheduling police officers and the impact street closures would have on local businesses.

Just nine days before the event, participants received an email notifying them that the race was postponed and their payments would not be refunded. According to the lawsuit, the event date was not reset and customers were not refunded.

Rapid Running also cancelled two events scheduled to take place in Wisconsin, but failed to provide the promised refunds per the company’s own race policy. Many participants registered via Active.com, a website used to search and sign-up for various races and other activities.

The state is seeking consumer restitution, civil penalties, attorneys’ costs and an injunction against the company for violations of the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. Zoeller thanked Deputy Attorney General Mark Snodgrass for his work on the case and dedication to the Consumer Protection Division.

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Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
Email: erin.reece@atg.in.gov
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