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BBB warns of fun run scams

Some fun run organizers have been running away with the registration money, the Better Business Bureau serving northern Indiana warned Thursday.

Runs have been canceled in northeast Ohio and southern California just days before they were scheduled. Registered participants received emails that said the organizers couldn’t issue refunds.

The two canceled 5K Foam Fest runs were organized by Round House Racing Team, of Utah. Since the cancellations were announced, the BBB in Utah has received 90 complaints seeking registration refunds of $45 to $75 each.

Similar problems have been reported with Electric Foam 5K run, organized by parent company Color Mania 5K, which is being investigated by the BBB in numerous locations.

BBB officials suggest that anyone interested in a theme run investigate the company’s rating on the BBB website, pay with a credit card, keep proof of payment and contact the local venue to make sure the event has been scheduled. Also, read the fine print. Some race sign-up forms say the organizers won’t issue refunds if the event is canceled.