A Peoria obstacle course running event that raises money for the Children's Hospital of Illinois Foundation has folded, and it's keeping the cash.
The Hard Charge website now only features a written statement that says this year's race is canceled, and no future events will be scheduled. The statement says the organization has been dealing with financial problems, and, "after much thought and analysis," the charity decided to file a notice of intent to dissolve.
The statement also says none of the cash raised will be refunded. It says the organization's senior secured lender has a right to most of its assets, which makes giving back any money impossible. Children's Hospital of Illinois responded to the situation with the following statement:
"Children's Hospital of Illinois was informed by Hard Charge that the race scheduled for September 2014 has been cancelled. The national obstacle course race had selected Children's Miracle Network (CMN) as its charity of choice, donating $1 from each participant fee to the charity. As the local CMN Hospital, Children's Hospital of Illinois received nearly $3,500 from last year's event. A statement on the Hard Charge website notes that no refunds will be given to those individuals already registered. CMN is working quickly to determine its next steps and any potential for refunds. On behalf of CMN, we want to thank any racers who registered in hopes of supporting children's hospitals throughout the nation. We will keep you informed as this process unfolds."
Outrage to the "no refunds" statement has been swift and fierce on social media, with many saying Hard Charge has, plain and simple, stolen money meant for charity.
Hard Charge's statement says there is no longer any support staff to answer further questions about the situation. The full message is below: