MORTON - Hard Charge sent an email to its athletes saying they were cancelling all of its events and not providing a refund.
The Peoria race was scheduled to host one of the mud run events this September at Three Sister’s Park in Chillicothe.
The proceeds from that race were supposed to go to the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
The Clauson family of Morton signed up for the Hard Charge challenge hoping to honor their son Jacob. He spent his first 21 days in the Children’s Hospital before he died in May.
“He fought really hard and charged really hard. We were going to do something that we could involve lots of people, raise some money for Children’s Hospital, have a little fun,” Jacob’s dad, Bob Clauson, said.
They put together “Charging on for Jacob.” More than 30 people already registered including Clauson’s other two children, competing in the kid’s race.
“I would say Ryan is probably the most devastated that we’re not running it because he really wanted to get muddy,” Clauson said.
Clauson says his credit card company was able to give him a refund for their registration fees, but the $400 his group had raised for the Children’s Hospital on top of that, is lost.
“The Children’s Hospital and Miracle Network are trying to look into it to see where that money is. We know they have our entrance fees, but we don’t know where the money is that was donated on top of that,” he said.
The Children’s Hospital worked with Hard Charge last year and raised more than $3,000. They say they have yet to see any of the money raised for this year’s event.
The Children’s Miracle Network received Hard Charge’s announcement at the same time as the athletes, and hospital officials say CMN is currently looking over their contract with the organization to figure out the next step.
Hard Charge was unavailable for comment.
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