Half-marathon canceled after buses don't show up

MORRISON - It was a half-marathon that never hit the ground running.

"The highlight was going to be the half-marathon because I had never done one," said Chris Dodson, who had registered to run the Revel Rockies Half-marathon near Morrison on Sunday morning. "At 6 a.m., I think that's when we realized something is wrong because the marathon is starting right now and there's still people waiting to get on the marathon bus."

Race organizers say they contracted 52 buses, but they never showed up. That left 1,700 runners in the half-marathon with no way of getting to the race.

"We were able to take 25 buses and do a decent job starting the full marathon, but after waiting and pushing our bus company for over an hour and a half, they were unable to provide the buses and the contracted buses to take the half-marathoners to the start line," said Revel Rockies race director Kevin Brooks.

A number of the 1,700 people who came to run the half-marathon were from out of town, including Dodson, who came in from Houston.

"Bought my ticket a couple of months ago, everything a couple of months ago," Dodson said.

Shane Marquez also planned on running the race and said the experience on Sunday was frustrating, for local runners and out-of-towners alike.

"People are still out travel expenses, airline fees, everything else, so at least give them their race fee back," Marquez said.

Revel Rockies race organizers apologized for the bus situation on their Facebook page, but stopped short of saying refunds would be provided. They said their race team would be meeting on Monday to figure out what to do.

"Whether that's refunds or whether that's delayed registrations for next year or other events, we don't know," Brooks said. "We're not closed to refunds. It's just so new to us, still, we need time to think about it and figure it out. But we will make it right. We're committed to making it right."

Some would-be race runners said they know what will make it right.

"An apology," Dodson said. "And a refund."

Organizers for the Revel Rockies race said the bus company they contracted with is a local one, called ATS. 9NEWS called a phone number listed for them, but they did not return our call.

This isn't the first time a race in the metro area has been canceled suddenly. The director of the Boulder Marathon was sued late last year, after canceling that race two years in a row.

(© 2015 KUSA)


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