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Suit aims to get refund for would-be runners in Boulder Marathon

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BOULDER, Colo. -- After the Boulder Marathon was cancelled two years in a row, the District Attorney's Office has filed a lawsuit in an effort to get participants a refund check.

According the lawsuit, which can be read here, an expected 1,839 people were left without a race to run in after the Boulder Marathon was cancelled both in 2013 and 2014. The lawsuit suggests the Boulder Marathon director, Jeffrey mason, collected $198,891 from runners for both events but never performed the race.

"Defendants cancelled the 2013 Marathon but offered no refunds, instead offering to transfer the registration to the 2014 Marathon," the lawsuit alleged.

The October 2013 race was set to begin just weeks after historic flooding which lead race organizers to offer the discounted rate for the following year. The 2014 race was cancelled after Mason told FOX31 Denver he had run out of time setting up permits and a course.

While there's no guarantee runners will be able to see a refund, another race is already offering to help runners in 2015. The "Boulder Backcountry Marathon", set for September 19th, 2015, will waive entry fees for runners impacted in 2013 and 2014.