Posted: Mar 6, 2014 6:31 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Mar 6, 2014 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- At least two runners who signed up for the Cosmic Run 5k race got a refund from organizers after the venue and date of the event was changed less than two weeks before the scheduled date.
On Tuesday, the Cosmic Run told runners that they would have to switch the venue from LSU on March 15th to Airline Highway Park on April 19th, because of an unexpected decision on LSU's part.
But the school sent out a cease and desist letter asking the company to stop telling runners that it was LSU's fault. A spokesperson said the Cosmic Run never had permission to hold the event on campus.
"One of the reasons we even signed up was because it was going to be at LSU, you know, beautiful scenery during a run, and a safe environment to run at night, that was the main reason we signed up," said Adam Holden, who signed up his family for the run.
Holden tried to get a refund, but was denied, when the company cited a no-refund policy.
"We were misinformed from the beginning, we were misinformed, we were misled, we were led to believe that this was happening, that this was the exact date, the exact time, that we have everything worked out with our event, it for me seemed very classless the way that they were doing it. It's like they're not being honest or ethical with it at all," said Shana Byers, who tried to get her money back from organizers.
Some people have convinced the company to refund their entry fee. One woman thinks it's because she threatened to sue.
"I don't know if it was because I said I would take legal measures or the fact that I know it was fraud now and I put that in the email, but hey, I got my money back so I was slightly happy when I got the email," said Sarah Johnson, who got a refund for the race.
News 2 tried repeatedly to get in contact with Clay Andrus, the COO of Cosmic Run, but multiple calls went unanswered and messages weren't returned.
LSU may still consider legal action because the company used the school to sell tickets to the event.