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Dirty Girl 5K canceled, refunds not issued

By: Bill Schammert
bschammert@klkntv.com

The Dirty Girl 5K Charity Run had been a major Lincoln event over the last few years. Hundreds had September 13th, 2014 marked down as race day.

"We loved the course, the mud, the camaraderie," two-time racer Edie Petersen said. "I mean, it was a great time."

Not anymore. 

After the Dirty Girl operating company went under in July, the race was canceled. Previously held at the Lancaster County Event Center, the race averaged more than 1,000 runners in the first two years. 

"I am not overly thrilled," racer Susan Dodds said, sarcastically. "This would've been our third race as a group."

Along with no race, there's no refund.

"This is a big deal, everybody knows about the Dirty Girl," racer Tammy Van Eperen said. "And then to just disappear? I want to know why."

It's a question not even Human Movement Management can answer. In a release, HMM says it has taken over as the owner of future Dirty Girl Mud Run events. Jeff Suffolk, CEO, says the company only had the ability to save seven of the 15 Dirty Girl races.

"We didn't acquire their assets or anything, just the name and Facebook Page," Suffolk said. "We did it so people wouldn't lose faith in our industry."

He's encouraging any racers who registered to try and resolve the issue with their bank or credit card, but since HMM took over after the events were canceled, it doesn't have a legal liability to refund entry fees, nor the funds to do so.

"There's a lot of women who signed up for this thinking they were going to help," Petersen said. "Thinking it was going toward breast cancer, many may not have been able to afford the $60 registration in the first place."

The charity race supported the Bright Pink organization. Suffolk says HMM wrote a $50,000 check to Bright Pink, despite not receiving any of the entry fees for any of the races.

Suffolk says they're offering all area racers free registration to an Omaha Ugly Sweater run in December. 

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