Sheboygan city officials reject proposed half-marathon race

Sheboygan city officials reject proposed half-marathon race

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Sep 4, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 4, 2012

SHEBOYGAN- A big race planned for Sheboygan was called off Tuesday, just two weeks after TODAY'S TMJ4 started investigating the company involved.

After pushed deadlines and paperwork drama, the proposed half-marathon in Sheboygan is a no-go.  City leaders denied the application of event company 'Rapid Running,' but concerns that this is a potential scam are still running rampant.

Sheboygan's mayor told TODAY'S TMJ4 that Rapid Running is not allowed to host an event in the city this fall.  He said talks fell through with the company's owner.

"We've contacted him many times, many emails, many conference calls, trying to tell him what our exact procedures are," explained Sheboygan's Mayor Terry Van Akkeren.

Leaders maintain David Mason of Rapid Running did not thoroughly prepare, or set aside enough money for city services.

Mason claims the city is not cooperating.  Rapid Running just now paused registration for the event.  Nearly 200 competitors have already paid anywhere from $60 to $75.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holyoke: "Will you give runners their money back?"
David Mason: "Our plan is to host an event in another community within, around the Sheboygan area."
TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holyoke: "Will you refund the runners who have already signed up for this race, knowing that you will not be in Sheboygan?"
David Mason: "Our plan is to host the event in or around the Sheboygan area."

It's that failure to cancel that has runners like Denise Ristow skeptical she'll even see a cent returned.

"I think it's rather unethical, and deceitful, and no I will never sign up for another Rapid Running event.  Ever," said Ristow.

For now, Rapid Running has the next move.  Competitors, in the meantime, will have to wait for answers, and their money.