Posted: Mar 5, 2014 5:04 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Mar 6, 2014 8:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU ordered the Cosmic Run 5K organizers to cease and desist their claims the unviversity canceled their event at the last minute, saying Cosmic Run never got permission for the run in the first place.
Organizers of the Cosmic Run originally said they planned for the nighttime 5K to happen March 15 at the campus. In a Facebook post and email to people who'd signed up, the organizers said Wednesday that due to an "unexpected decision" on LSU's part they were rescheduling the run for April 19 at Airline Highway park.
"We realize this is a huge inconvenience, but it's important that you know we did everything in our power to keep the event at LSU. Unfortunately, LSU unexpectedly made this decision despite our mutual plans for the original date," the Cosmic Run announcement read.
However, LSU said in a cease and desist letter that there were never plans to hold the event at LSU. They said Cosmic Run contacted them last year and were given a list of requirements to meet, but the organizers never met those obligations and started advertising the event would be at LSU anyway.
The letter said LSU made Cosmic Run aware of their failure to comply with the university's requirements on Jan. 30 and Feb. 11, telling organizers in February to discontinue using LSU's name on their website and in connection with the event.
LSU also said they believed Cosmic Run should offer a full refund to anyone who bought a ticket, and that they were considering all of their legal options. Tickets cost between $40 and $60 for runners, depending on when they were purchased.
On their Facebook page, Cosmic Run reminded people asking for their money back that they had a no-refund policy, instead offering them free bracelets at the rescheduled event. Organizers also posted claims that they had signed a venue contract agreement after a meeting in early January, and worked to reschedule the event rather than cancel it after LSU gave them final notice they would not hold the event in February.
News 2 will have more on this situation as it develops.