The Beloit Half Marathon will not be held this Saturday and it has nothing to do with the Stateline’s oppressive heat wave.
Rapid Running, which was to hold the event starting and finishing at Pohlman Field, announced Monday afternoon the event has been canceled.
The Beloit Daily News received an e-mail from Rapid Running President David M. Mason stating: “The Beloit Half Marathon has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances and refunds are being issued. Hope to see everyone at the Wausau Marathon and Half Marathon, which will be an awesome event.”
While Rapid Running did not elaborate, the “unforeseen circumstances” may have been three local sponsors dropping their involvement with the event. The Beloit Snappers, Visit Beloit and the Stateline Family YMCA all backed away after learning that Rapid Running had recently postponed a half marathon scheduled in Orchard Park, N.Y.
The fact the group is offering refunds to the Beloit Half Marathon entries is good news. Rapid Running postponed its event in Orchard Park nine days before the event, citing as a reason so many people registered for the race there was no way to handle them.
Refunds were not offered there since Rapid Running said the entries would be good for a rescheduled race in the fall as well as any of its other events. But many runners had already invested time in the form of vacations as well as plenty of funds — plane tickets and hotel reservations — not to mention the $85 entries.
The Buffalo News was flooded with e-mails from angry runners critical of Rapid Running’s handling of the situation. A local running club there saved the day as it went ahead and held its own half marathon.