Race postponed

Early in March I was thinking I would like to do a 5k this month. I looked through all the listings and found one in a local park. The date was perfect for my schedule so I signed up on the 4th.

11 days later I received an email which stated, in veiled language, that they didn’t have enough people signed up and were postponing (the wording indicated they had new sponsors and to make it more of a success they were changing the date) to September.

The problem is that the new date is the day after a local 5k that I do every year, so it doesn’t really work well into my schedule. So, what to do? It’s a charity event so I don’t necessarily mind the money going to them, but the email didn’t given any options to get refunds – do you think that’s reasonable? To change the timing of something so dramatically, just 8 days prior to the event, and to just point out that “it’s great news because it gives you more time to train” (not a direct quote – I’ve paraphrased) just seems a little out of order. I do understand to some extent: they want to keep the people they’ve already got signed up, and it is a charity.

What would you do? I’m inclined to just go with the flow and maybe I’ll run it anyway if I feel I have the time, but I can’t help thinking there may be other runners out there who signed up for this and know they won’t be able to run on the new date, and maybe the $22 it cost to sign up is enough of an outlay that they may not be able to do the races they wanted to this year. Thoughts?

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5 Responses to Race postponed

  1. cyn says:

    i would probably just run the new date (wow, six months away) but certainly would be miffed about the short notice. and i really feel for those people who might have made this their very first 5k — that has to be VERY disappointing!

    • runninginnj says:

      I probably won’t run the new date, but only because it’s on Labor Day, and there’s another 5k I have done every year since I started running the day before.

  2. paigesato says:

    i may be a curmudgeon, but it’s out of order and speaks to the integrity/organizational skills of the charity. It’s one thing to change a race date because of an event, like Sandy (like many smaller local races were), but that they didn’t get enough people for the event is poor marketing, bad organization, etc. They should have at least provided the option for getting money back–most people would eat the race fee because it’s a charity, but it’s always nice to be asked.

    • runninginnj says:

      I suspect it was poorly marketed. It’s literally less than a mile from home and I only found it by accident (using runningintheusa.com to search for 5k races that weekend). I feel like I should email them and point out that they have rearranged it for the day after an extremely popular 5k just a short distance away (the Jimmy D 5k) – I bet they didn’t look into it at all.

  3. Frank K. says:

    Having helped organize races, it can be difficult to find a date that doesn’t conflict with other, established events. But who’s to say they won’t have the same problem with the new date. It points to poor organization and some opportunism at the same time. If you like the charity, feel good about donating, whether you run or not.

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