In Your Corner: Run canceled; Runners dash for refunds

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UPDATE 8/28/15 - Our “In Your Corner” team has new details involving the DJ Dash 5k.

The run was canceled last minute, leaving runners dashing for a refund.

The run's promoter lives in Austin and, while he never returned my phone call, he did send me an email right after our investigation aired Monday night.

It said he was forced to cancel the run last minute because "not enough participants" signed up, and they couldn't cover all of the costs.

He promised all runners would be refunded their money in full within the month.

We know those refunds are happening!

Samantha Lewis and others who signed up through Groupon and Living Social already got their money back.

Others, like Lisa Dunlap, paid through The DJ Dash website and received word this week their refund is being processed and on the way.

We learned more exciting news!

Organizers of another local run, the Turkey Day 5k in Norman, saw our story and want to offer runners a free spot in their run on Thanksgiving Day.

The Turkey Day 5k benefits Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity and its efforts to help tornado survivors from the May 2013 storms rebuild.

OKLA. CITY - Lisha Dunlap wanted to do the DJ Dash 5k for her birthday.

She said, “[I wanted] to dance, and enjoy Bricktown and run.”

Friend, Samantha Lewis, was all in!

“This was actually going to be my first 5k,” she said.

Days before the run, they learned online the race was cancelled.

Lisha and Samantha say they never received any sort of notification from run promoters.

The DJ Dash was already postponed once.

The run's organizer, Kevin Cabaniss, lives in Austin and wrote, "After two great years, we've had to close our doors."

More cities were dealt the same hand by organizers, no race and questions surrounding refunds.

We know for the OKC run, organizers tried to pull a city permit to close down Bricktown streets.

When that didn't work out they tried reserving the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

OKC Dodgers President and General Manager, Michael Byrnes, says they received a contract from Cabaniss, but no deposit.

“We want to make sure when promoters are hosting their events that they've taken care of their commitments to us before they're promoting it,” Byrnes said.

We’ve also learned a portion of the proceeds was supposed to go to Dash Hunger, a charity that claims to feed the homeless, but it appears the charity has gone belly up too.

The number we got from their website is disconnected.

We checked.

The charity's only been registered since March and has ties to DJ Dash promoter, Kevin Cabaniss.

Lisa says she’ll find another way to celebrate her birthday.

She’s okay with losing her cash.

“I would much rather them give somebody a sack lunch,” she said. “I don't need my $20.”

Deal of the day websites like Groupon and Living Social are issuing refunds.

Run promoters tell me they're working to mail refunds to runners who registered and paid through their website.

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