- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A lawsuit has been filed against the producers of a run that was canceled in Charleston in which participants were told they wouldn’t be issued refunds.

The Charleston law firm of Preston and Solango filed the lawsuit Wednesday that seeks class-action status in Kanawha County Circuit Court, media outlets reported.

About 2,500 had registered for the 5-kilometer run Saturday at Cato Park and paid entry fees between $65 and $95, depending on when they signed up. The run for women of all ages involves obstacles and mud pits. Events are held throughout the year across the country.

Named as defendants were Delafield, Wis.-based Dirty Girl, owned by 100 LLC, and Louisville, Colo.-based entertainment company Human Movement Management, which was producing the Charleston event.

The Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau said the race producers missed a Tuesday afternoon deadline for a payment to a shuttle company that was to provide transportation to the event.

The lawsuit alleges that failing to refund registration fees violates state consumer protection laws. Dirty Girl issued a statement before the lawsuit was filed that refunds will not be issued “under any circumstances.”

A Dirty Girl spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a telephone message Thursday seeking comment on the lawsuit.

Human Movement President Jeff Suffolk said Thursday his company is on a list of vendors to whom 100 LLC owes money.

“Besides being a vendor for them, we empathize with the runners because before anything else, we’re runners,” Suffolk said.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said his office had been inundated with calls related to the race.

“This is an issue that has come up very fast,” he said.

Sonya Beard of Charleston said she filed a claim dispute with her bank to seek a refund. Beard said she is “so upset with them. I just wanted my money back.”

Jamie Cox said she and some friends participated in the event last year at Coonskin Park. She registered for this year’s event in May.

“Just last week we went out and bought T-shirts and coordinated our outfits, so we invested more money in it that way,” she said.


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