Some runners feel scammed by Black Light Run

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Black Light Run proved to be not-so-fun for some runners who say they feel they were scammed out of money.

The race, which was held at the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater on Friday night, was rained out and now a local charity, which was promised $5,000, will have to wait and see if organizers will fork over the funds it promised.

FOX 4’s Monica Evans was told some people were able to run, while others were turned away after paying a $20 race fee and a $10 parking fee before being told the race was cancelled.

When Erica Williams signed up for the Black Light Run she says she expected to be covered head to toe in illuminated dye, but instead she felt like she got a slap in the face because the race was cancelled before she was able to hit the finish line.

“There were stands on the sides that looked like that's where black lights were supposed to be and they were off,” said Williams.

FOX 4 received several complaints from people about the Black Light Run saying they felt scammed.

Stephanie Frazier’s email says she realizes the weather is out of organizers control but participants were promised swag bags and giveaways.

Frazier said she feels “this was a huge scam from start to finish."

Williams says she felt nickeled and dimed out of money and jipped out of an experience that was slated to go on rain or shine.

“Once you got there you had to pay to park. If you couldn’t pick up your packet on the two days prior you had to pay another fee,” she said.

Jana Fornelli, with Kansas Special Olympics, says her organization was promised $5,000 for donating 100 volunteers to help with the event.

It's an event by low estimates which raked in $150,000 for 7,500 people who paid the $20 entrance fee and that's not including the required $10 parking pass or the $5 fee to pick up your t-shirt on sight.

“I think a lot of people don't realize on these runs that very small portion goes to charity,” said Fornelli.

Fornelli says she feels confident the Black Light Run will donate the money it promised.

Bill Spata from the Black Light Run says he hopes people will give the run another chance and says his company will offer participants 25% off registration fees for next year's run in Kansas City.

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