'Zombie run' questions persist after Fort Worth event



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Posted on March 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 6:20 PM

FORT WORTH — There are fresh questions surrounding Saturday night's DFW Zombie Run 5K race along the Trinity River.

News 8 was immediately contacted by some runners who complained of a poorly-marked course with little to no water and no obstacles, hour-long lines, and no medals or award bags.

The event's Facebook page filled up with outraged runner comments.

But now some other racers are raising questions about the money they ponied up for the event.

Zach Hayes said he was expecting a refund of his $33 after the event's Facebook page assured dissatisfied racers they could get their money back.

He is still waiting.

"The e-mails keep bouncing back... nothing," he said.

Mason Terrio has experienced the same thing. But he is also concerned about whether a portion of the event's proceeds will go to charity, as the event's Facebook page states.

"Where is the money going?" Terrio asked.  

Both of the charities listed on the Facebook page — Autism Speaks and the Food Bank — state they never received any money from DFW Zombie Run in the past, nor did they have any agreements to in the future.

News 8 asked the group's founder, Jeff Lott, about the disparity.  He said there was no "official" agreement, but wouldn't offer any other details, saying he would elaborate next week.  

Lott maintains his organization does donate money to charity.  

His group also sent out another e-mail to race participants on Wednesday afternoon, saying only certain runners would now be eligible for a refund.  All racers can join in a future event for free, according to the message.

Originally, Lott had stated that a turnout of 5,400 overwhelmed his staff and volunteers who were expecting a crowd closer to 3,000.  

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