Early in March I was thinking I would like to do a 5k this month. I looked through all the listings and found one in a local park. The date was perfect for my schedule so I signed up on the 4th.
11 days later I received an email which stated, in veiled language, that they didn’t have enough people signed up and were postponing (the wording indicated they had new sponsors and to make it more of a success they were changing the date) to September.
The problem is that the new date is the day after a local 5k that I do every year, so it doesn’t really work well into my schedule. So, what to do? It’s a charity event so I don’t necessarily mind the money going to them, but the email didn’t given any options to get refunds – do you think that’s reasonable? To change the timing of something so dramatically, just 8 days prior to the event, and to just point out that “it’s great news because it gives you more time to train” (not a direct quote – I’ve paraphrased) just seems a little out of order. I do understand to some extent: they want to keep the people they’ve already got signed up, and it is a charity.
What would you do? I’m inclined to just go with the flow and maybe I’ll run it anyway if I feel I have the time, but I can’t help thinking there may be other runners out there who signed up for this and know they won’t be able to run on the new date, and maybe the $22 it cost to sign up is enough of an outlay that they may not be able to do the races they wanted to this year. Thoughts?