Orchard Park, NY
With a chance to run a half-marathon with the Orchard Park race course ending on the 50 yard line of Ralph Wilson stadium, Brian Koperski laced up his Buffalo Bills tennis shoes and started training.
But after months of training, Koperski found out that the race organizer, David Mason, President of Rapid Running based in Indiana abruptly cancelled the event which was scheduled for June 30th, a crushing blow to Koperski and more than a dozen of his friends who paid as much as $90 a piece to register for the event.
We contacted Mason who told us the event is being rescheduled for the fall and he has a no-refund policy.
When asked why the race was cancelled Mason claimed that a deal with a potential sponsor fell through, but less than an hour after our phone call his attorney sent us this statement:
"I want to clarify that this event needing to be rescheduled is not due in any way to any actual sponsor of the race withdrawing or canceling its sponsorship."
We did some research online and found postings from runners in Illinois disappointed with Mason's company.
We tried contacting the Buffalo Bills Friday night for comment to confirm whether they approved of the race ending on the 50-yard line inside the Ralph as advertised by Rapid Running, but we haven't heard back yet.
Now racers are standing by for a new event date sometime in the fall and if they can't make that date Rapid Running says their money can be used for another race which would likely be out of state.