UPDATE: Human Movement to Take Over Dirty Girl Mud Run

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/28/14 @ 11:10 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Changes are coming to the Dirty Girl Mud Run after the event was canceled in Charleston.

According to a statement posted on the Dirty Girl Mud Run's Facebook Page, Human Movement, a Colorado-based event company, has acquired the assets to the event from 100 LLC.

Human Movement was previously a subcontractor for the events. During that time, the company was not responsible for the operations, finances of their events, according to the statement.

"It became clear that change was needed when an event in West Virginia was originally canceled with no refunds (this has since changed)," according to the statement. "While Human Movement was not responsible for canceling this event, it was clearly an undesirable outcome for anyone involved."

Human Movement is a family-run operation full of runners, mountain bikers, yogis, carpenters, skiers, dogs (lots of dogs), kids and event professionals who have been in the event and running industry for a very long time, according to the statement.

Human Movement will run the next Dirty Girl Nation event in Minnesota this Saturday.

UPDATE 7/25/14 @ 10:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Refunds are expected to be issued in the canceled Dirty Girl Mud Run race, according to information from the state Attorney General's office.

It reports that a self-service ticketing company called Eventbrite has said it will refund registration fees.

According to an agreement between Eventbrite and the Attorney General's office, Eventbrite will send electronic notifications of refunds to race participants who paid registration fees through the company's website by July 28.

If you bought tickets from someone other than Eventbrite and are looking for a refund, contact the Attorney General's office.

UPDATE 7/23/14 @ 10:15 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A class action lawsuit was filed Wednesday as a result of the cancellation of the Dirty Girl Mud Run.

The law firm of Preston & Salango filed the suit in Kanawha County.

On Wednesday, Dirty Girl sent an email to participants to say that there would be no refunds.

Preston and Salango says there was a breech of contract, saying the race was cancelled because transportation and a location were not secured. For those reasons, lawyers say the race fee should be returned to participants.

Any fees the law firm receives as a result of the suit will go to cancer charities.

More information is available by visiting the Featured Links here at WSAZ.com.

UPDATE 7/23/14 @ 6:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands of runners in our area are running into more problems with a company that they say ripped them off.

Now, many are going straight to the Attorney General's Office to file complaints.

The company Dirty Girl was scheduled to have a mud run in Charleston this weekend, but failed to pay the shuttle service -- forcing city leaders to cancel the race.

The cancellation isn't what participants are upset about. They're upset that Dirty Girl is refusing to issue refunds to the 2,500 women who signed up. Some of them paid up to $95 to participate.

"I just didn't believe it. I didn't think they would cancel it," Tricia Poe, a runner, said.

Since the run was officially canceled Tuesday evening, Dirty Girl's name has been dragged through the mud. Runners like Poe are frustrated that the company is pocketing their money for an event that's not going to happen.

"That shouldn't even be legal. I don't know how that's legal -- for them to be able to do that with no run," Poe said.

"It's a shoestring operation that's basically dishonest," Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said.

The Attorney General's Office is getting swamped with complaints.

"I've seen postings on Facebook. I've seen emails. We've gotten a lot of calls. We've had a number of consumer complaints, so I would say at a minimum, dozens," Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said.

Morrisey can't confirm or deny if his office is investigating the company, but he can say the complaints are being taken seriously.

"We're very forceful in terms of consumer protection, and so I can tell people that folks' calls are gonna get addressed and we're gonna do everything in our power to protect consumers," Morrisey said.

UPDATE 7/23/14 @ 9:25 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Runners who have registered for the Dirty Girl Mud Run in Charleston don't appear to be getting a refund after the event was canceled.

WSAZ.com is not getting any immediate answers from the Dirty Girl organization, which is the group that collected the money. We will keep trying.

However, organizers posted on the event's Facebook account and sent an email to ladies who had registered for the event that refunds will not be given "under any circumstances."

The letter states, "Per our policy and accepted waiver upon registration, we will not be issuing refunds under any circumstances. At this time, that is all the information we have and we are unable to assist any further in this matter."

Organizers also apologize for any frustration caused by the cancellation.

Deputy Mayor Rod Blackstone says the shuttle service for the race didn't receive payment or hear from organizers by the deadline Tuesday so the shuttle service pulled out of the race.

City leaders say without it, the race couldn't go on at Cato Park so it is now canceled.

The run was planned for this Saturday.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey tells WSAZ.com his office has been inundated with complaints about the run being canceled without refunds. The AG's office is encouraging people to file complaints.

UPDATE 7/22/14 @ 9:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- News that the Dirty Girl Mud Run is cancelled has many ladies who paid the $95 registration fee wondering if or when they will get a refund.

WSAZ.com is not getting any immediate answers from the Dirty Girl organization, which is the group that collected the money. We will keep trying.

In the meantime, the group charged with actually putting the run on, "Human Movement," is stepping up to help in another way. That is despite the group's President Jeff Suffolk saying they've not received any payment from "Dirty Girl" or "100 LLC," which is Dirty Girl's operating company.

Suffolk says neither his company nor the city of Charleston is responsible for what happened. However, he feels a a moral obligation to do something for the ladies who have lost out on the opportunity.

Suffolk told WSAZ.com Tuesday night that they plan to give a free entry to any "Human Movement" event in a nearby city. Those events include the "Zombie," "Ugly Sweater" or "Dance Party" runs.

Suffolk also said they are working with Charleston city leaders to see if they can recreate the "Dirty Girl Run" in some capacity, for free, in the near future.

Suffolk said each weekend when they produce events like the Dirty Girl, they hear fantastic weight loss stories and other stories about people overcoming obstacles to be able to participate in the events. That is why he said he is so passionate about making things right.

According to Suffolk, city of Charleston leaders were extremely helpful Tuesday in trying to pull the event off, but it simply did not work out. Suffolk said that leaders "tried to save it and did everything they could."

We will continue to reach out to "Dirty Girl" and "100 LLC" to find out about refunds.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest on this story.

UPDATE 7/22/14 @ 5:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Dirty Girl Mud Run for Charleston has officially been canceled.

Deputy Mayor Rod Blackstone tells WSAZ.com the shuttle service for the race set a 4:30 p.m. deadline today (Tuesday) that wasn't met by Human Movement, the company that produces the race.

City officials tell us that shuttle services was one of the main concerns they were trying to resolve for the race to happen.

We will continue to update this story as we receive more information.

UPDATE 7/21/14 @ 4:39 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The fate of this weekend's Dirty Girl Mud Run will be decided Tuesday morning.

City officials tell WSAZ.com that they are in talks with the group "Human Movement" to come to an agreement that works best for all of the parties involved in this situation. The city says Dirty Girl Mud Run still owes the city $5,000, plus other costs for resources provided for the event.

Officials with Human Movement have told WSAZ.com Dirty Girl Mud Run has agreed to pay those costs. However, the city is still planning on meeting Tuesday morning to determine if the event will still be held.

According to the city of Charleston's website, the CVB was notified Sunday by Human Movement that the event was canceled.

CVB Vice President of Operations Jama Jarrett said, "We found out yesterday (Sunday) that Dirty Girl and Human Movement have some financial issues between the two parties, and they were going to cancel the event."

Dirty Girl Mud Run posted on their Facebook page and sent emails to runners saying the event was still being held. Runners like Kim Hundley say it's been a confusing day without many answers.

"I don't know whether to be frustrated, or excited or angry, or excited because maybe it's not canceled," Hundley said.

Hundley said it takes a lot of time to plan for events like this and is hesitant to sign up for races that aren't locally sponsored in the future.

"It's trying to find babysitters to take care of the kids while we run," she said. "We have friends and family around here that want to come out and support us, and they've scheduled their days around us also."

As soon as there is a resolution in this situation, we will post it here on WSAZ.com.

ORIGINAL STORY 7/21/14 @ 11:38 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Dirty Girl Mud Run scheduled for July 26th has been canceled.

According to The City of Charleston's website, the CVB was notified by Human Movement that the event was canceled. Human Movement is the producer for Dirty Girl Mud Run.

The event was scheduled for Saturday, July 26th at Cato Park. The city cites financial issues between Dirty Girl Mud Run and Human Movement as the reason for the event being canceled.

The city says, "The CVB and Human Movement have a signed contract and up until Sunday the CVB was led to believe the event would take place as scheduled. The CVB feels this cancellation is a breach of contract and the matter has been referred to the City Attorney's Office."

For more on refunds or transferring fees to another event go to http://godirtygirl.com/events/mud-run-charleston-west-virginia/.

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