🛑🚧🏃 Running Into Another Dead End
It never cease to baffle me how many times Runners are easily duped by FAKE Running Events, especially after the high-profile public outcry in the media following each exposed scam.
In my small way, I have been trying to assist the General Public (including Runners) avoid Running Event Scams by giving my tips on choosing CREDIBLE Events (see my related article
How to choose a run – and avoid getting conned
in The Star), as well as sharing key information about the activities of Event Organisers and providing as much details as possible about upcoming running events.
So, it is disheartening to discover that a New Scam has just emerged in the form of the Electron Run which was supposed to take place on 30 Dec 2017 but the concerned registration portal, Asiatix, has removed “the product” from its website about 3 weeks.
How Do We Now Know This Is A Scam?
➡️NO official notice about the Event Cancellation was sent to the Participants, and there is NO official cancellation notice posted ANYWHERE to be found.
➡️ Participants have tried contacting website admin to enquire about refund, but there has been NO reply.
➡️Nobody can say WHO is the Organiser.
➡️ The Event Banner only mentions “Supported by Asiatix” without any information on the Organiser or Sponsor.
What Were The Warning Signals?
The most glaring red flag is the lack of Event Details that were provided such as the Organiser Name, Runners Entitlement, Sponsorship Details, Race Description, etc.
Secondly, it appears that Asiatix is a new set-up, and their only claim can be that they can set-up a website – which anyone can also do with minimum know-how and sometimes for free.
Thirdly, there is no publicised justification whatsoever why the registration fee of RM70 for 5 km distance is so EXPENSIVE.
Why Do Runners Keep Getting Fooled?
Knowing the answer to this question can help you make better event choices in the future. Unfortunately, the Con Artist already knows why they can fool you each time because they know exactly which of your buttons to press in order to get you to play along with them.
Here are 3 of the COMPELLING reasons which can PERSUADE Runners to register for the wrong event :-
🙈 You See Popular Running Groups/Pages/Seasoned Runners promoting that event
🙈 Your Running Buddies Have Already Signed Up
🙈 You are desperate to run on that particular day or at that special venue
ARE WE OUR WORST ENEMY?
My Simple Tips for Runners to avoid SCAM Running Events (as opposed to poor quality ones) are :-
- Stick to proven Race Organisers.
- Check with the Sports Commissioner if the Event has been sanctioned by them.
- Are there more than one contact party/number given for enquiries.
- Do your own research on the Organiser and the interested event, and NEVER blindly follow other runners without conducting your own background research first.
- If you sense something is not right, then follow your gut feelings.
- Don’t worry about not being in the in-crowd or being left-out, it’s better to be super cautious about registering for any races these days than to risk surrendering your money to a faceless scumbag. Besides, there will always be better races next week or month.
STOP SPAMMING & ABETTING
If you want to genuinely help fellow runners experience many quality races, immediately stop promoting events and organisers who you know very little about, and make sure you do some preliminary vetting before spamming unknown entities. This is especially true for Elite, Popular Runners & Established Running Groups who have the extra responsibility to upkeep the INTEGRITY & PROFESSIONALISM among Running Community, above and beyond any personal or commercial interests….
GETTING AWAY WITH BLUE MURDER
Have you ever heard of a person being caught and prosecuted for running away with the registration fees?
As per normal, the identity of the Electron Run owners will never be know, and there will be no refunds to those who paid up.
To cut out these running shams, we need proper Regulations, Procedures & Enforcement, and until such day, we, Runners, just got to look after each other’s back….
To the best of my knowledge, all of the information provided herein is accurate at the time of publishing and the views expressed are based on my own personal opinions and findings, and they don’t necessarily reflect the views of the Product Manufacturer, Event Organiser or any Third Party unless explicitly specified otherwise.
About The Author
Gus is the Founder of Running Toons and a HIIT Fitness Coach. As a freelance WRITER, he has contributed numerous insightful articles to The Star newspaper, Running Malaysia magazine, Cycling Malaysia magazine, Cycling Evolution magazine, Swim Bike Run magazine and more. LIKE Happy Runner for RUNNING UPDATES, Gus Rider for CYCLING NEWS, Gus Ghani for SPORTS INFOTAINMENT and FOLLOW gusghani @IG for LIFESTYLE.
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