The Really Big Free Half Marathon Ended Up Not Being Free

Saturday, February 16th, 2013
Email we received from them.

Email we received from them. (Click on it to enlarge.)

This is way, way sadder news (times about a million) for IO events than it is for us runners.

I know all of you in the running community have probably already gotten the emails and heard the news, ’cause it happened a bit ago. But between all the┬árace/vacation reports and some posts about 52 half marathons, I never got around to talking about this (’til now).

Anyway, IO Events has announced they are going out of business.

They said they’ve been around for 7 years.

It seemed like a tumultuous year because at least 2 races I was planning on doing with them got cancelled.

I guess the point of this post is that if you were wondering if we all got refunded our deposit for that race (which is what would’ve made it free), we didn’t.

But, on the bright side, since they cancelled so many races this past year, if you were actively trying to get your Hometown Race series medal (by running 3 events in the year), but couldn’t because they canceled multiple times on you, they gave the medal to you anyway.

It’s always sad when a company run by people with such passion who are really trying to do some good stuff for the world goes out of business. I’m wishing the best to everyone involved as they close out this chapter of their lives and move on to the next one.

I'd love to hear from you! So whaddya say?