CHARLESTON, W.Va. — If you were planning to participate in this weekend’s Dirty Girl Mud Run not only has it been canceled, you won’t be getting any of your money back from the company. Dirty Girl released the following statement Wednesday morning on its Facebook page:

“Charleston Dirty Girls-

It is with great regret we inform you that the Dirty Girl Mud Run will not be held this weekend in Charleston, WV. While the city of Charleston worked diligently and closely with Dirty Girl Mud Run to take all possible steps to put on the event, it can not be held due to circumstances out of our control. We would like to thank the city of Charleston as well as the city officials for all the assistance they’ve provided. Per our policy, we will not be issuing refunds under any circumstances.”

Registration fees ranged from $65 all the way up to $95, depending on when you signed up for the event.

Charleston pulled the plug on the mud run after Dirty Girl and Human Movement, the company that produces the event, were unable to come to an agreement on who should pay to bus participants to and from the site, port-a-potties and remediation after the event was over.

April Hickman Williams posted on the site, “I will be filing a complaint with the attorney general and better business bureau immediately. I will also be filing a negative review with the bbb. This was not “beyond your control” – you didn’t pay the vendors who were contracted for the event.”

Tracy Seirfert McVeigh commented, “This year will be my third DG race. You already have my money for an upcoming race this year, but if you do not issue refunds to the Charleston girls I will not be returning for a fourth year, nor will my team or anyone I reach via word of mouth. And as your marketing team should know, word of mouth is the most influential form of marketing.”

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  • StarInWV

    Well, sadly it will probably devolve into a class action which will probably cost more than it can get out of Dirty Girls. I'm sorry for the participants. Even if DG survives, they will not be coming back to Charleston.

  • John of Wayne

    The 'Gazette was unable to uncover quite a negative history following this company in a short amount of time; a poor BBB rating in Wisconsin, locations switched late in the process, the company's claim that fees could be transferred but the company spokesperson claiming that they are working and IF that happens.....You get the drift. Not to mention that they began registrations before a venue was secured, luring participants with early discounts, I suspect that even a little more intensive research would reveal an extensive history of fraud and deceit perpetrated by this company.

    • John of Wayne

      Correction: The 'Gazette was ABLE to uncover....

  • Jeff

    The event was not cancelled by Dirty Girls. From the story, DG was actively negotiating with another company up until a 3rd party provider notified DG that the company would not provide transportation, etc. DG has a pretty good argument that it was prevented from performing its contract. (Note: I'm not associated with any of the companies, just a retired law grad looking for something to do). This doesn't look to be on DG.

    • Dumb Liberals

      Hey Jeff, pull your head out! Dirty Girls DIDN'T pay the subcontractors, who in turn said "No Money-No Buses"! Dirty Girls then said no refunds to the fools who pre-paid. The blind man even said he could see a pattern of fraud. That isn't mud around your neck, is it?

      • Jeff

        Thanks! Your reply is the funniest I've read today. I appreciate the laugh.

    • Anthony


      Why are you so intent on playing the part of Dirty Girl Apologist? It is not the city of Charleston's fault in any way shape or form as your prior comments reflected. It is in fact up to DG, who took people's money and will not refund it, to own the responsibility. If they chose the wrong 3rd party, that is on them, but they took the money and they will be held responsible.

      Unfortunately they, like many other 'for profit' 5k companies, will just end up going belly-up and people will still be out their $95.

      • Make no mistake

        You said what I wanted to say, but you said it so much better than I was going to.

  • Amber

    The waiver stated the event could be canceled due to severe weather or local or national disaster. It said nothing about canceling the event due to poor planning. If they don't give refunds they might as well kiss their business goodbye.

  • Dumb Liberals

    ROFLMFAO!!!!!! I called it yesterday. A bunch of dirty girl fools and their money did part! Now take a number and stand in line at the court house to file your suit. But you better run fast 'cause the pot is being emptied as you wait in the line. What a SCAM!!!!!!

    • Amber

      You are an idiot

      • Dumb Liberals

        Hey "Amber the Fool" , how much did you lose? And I'm the idiot? Run on down to the court house and file your civil suit too.

      • CharlestonSoapBar

        But sadly, this person doesn't know they're an idiot.

  • any major dude

    I know a woman who was really looking forward to the event. Jennifer. I will pass along that tel # to her via text in case she would like to contact you. I do know she said she did not plan on filing with the AG though.

  • StarInWV

    Very easy to remedy...and much faster than contacting the AG's office. Most of the payments were made via V/MC/DSCVR/AMEX credit cards. Call you card complany to issue a chargeback. Be sure to explain and include documentation (receipts). If the Association receives complaints that they (Dirty Girl) will not be issuing any refunds (they have to say that before the sale...not after) then the Association can move to revoke their merchant id so they can not process any more credit card transactions, all the folks who paid by method of credit card will get their refunds, and Dirty Girl will get hit with a $15 hit per chargeback regardless if they have to issue the refund or not. It's a WIN/WIN for participants and a LOSE/LOSE for Dirty Girl. Do it now as you have something like 90 days to challenge the sale.

    • StarInWV

      whoops...I didn't see that there was a clause about no refunds per others comments. I still might try to issue a dispute with my credit card company to see what happens. Can't hurt and it might even go the participant's way.

  • Jeff

    The Dirty Girl website says no refunds BUT a paid fee can be used for another DG event.

  • Natalie Cinalli

    I was signed up for this run and I will never sign up again for anything that this company is involved in. This is an outrage and I am taking legal action. I have filed a complaint with the ATTORNEY GENERAL and I believe everyone should file a claim as well. There is no reason why they should pocket any of this money.

  • Loretta Bennett

    This is so unfare pkans already made.motels booked ect....should bever been canceles this many days before I knew something was up when they rescheduled it from june.if they r not refunding money r names should all b kept to do another run when we want but the way this was done it was my first mudrun but I wouldnt sign up again..just not organized and done correctly to b such a big outfit..very disappointed

    • Zach H

      I bet language arts teachers shutter when they see people use the letter "R" to represent the words "are" and "our" in one sentence. Just goes to show you the slang and twanged accent from our region really has no boundaries or shame.

      • mynameo

        I bet they shuDDer when they see you using shuTTER.

    • Mason County Contrarian

      I hear there's a "Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar Demolition Derby" at Cato Park this weekend.

      • Shawn H

        I think Loretta already had a "Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar Demolition Derby" in that post. I have a migraine after reading that.

  • Jeff

    The problem is that the City "pulled the plug." Not sure what that means but if the City prevented performance of the contract and/or called off the event then it would seem the City is responsible for refunds. Just sayin'.

  • MudRunner

    There are plenty of other runs in the state that are held by nonprofits and not a big chain events. A couple worth mentioning would be the Chestnut Mountain Mud Run to benefit the Chestnut Mountain Ranch or the Buckhannon Fire Departments Five Alarm Mud Run.

    • mud dauber

      Thank you runner, for mentioning our run.

      that is the link to our run in Buckhannon next month. It was truly loved by all that participated last year. This year promises to be even bigger and better. It should be even muddier too..............

      And we will not be canceling ours. We are a reputable member of the community, and hope to make this run the absolute biggest in the state. This is the second annual, so come on out and join us for the fun.

  • Loyal Mountaineer

    I suspect the attorney general is ready to step in. Not only is keeping the money wrong, it is just stupid. The negative publicity and ill feelings will kill this race for good.

  • Jeff

    Item 12 of the Dirty Girl Waiver, signed by each entrant, says all entries are final and, the important part, no refunds.