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Runners arrive to fun run in Idaho Falls and find it was a scam

Idaho's KIFI reports that runners woke up bright and early on June 2, to run in the first "Heartshake Challenge," but when they got to Snake River Landing, no one and nothing was there.

Fun runs can be a great way to exercise, but what isn't so fun about these races are when some of it turn out to be scams.

Participates showed up to one Idaho Falls race and were shocked to find out it had been cancelled with little to no warning.

Idaho's KIFI reports that runners woke up bright and early on June 2, to run in the first "Heartshake Challenge," but when they got to Snake River Landing, no one and nothing was there.

"We're getting phone calls asking why the race isn't going on and saying our logos are attached to it when we had no idea we were supposed to be sponsoring or involved in anyway," said Gray Augustus with Bill's Bike and Run shop.

Bill's Bike and Run were contacted back in February to help organize the race and never heard back.

That's why it was a huge surprise when the shop was asked about the race a couple weeks ago.

The store then contacted the location management to see if they knew anything.

"Ran into a lot of the same stuff, they had early on been contacted about doing a race there, and not heard anything since," said Augustus.

The Heartshake Challenge said it would be donating funds raised to Heartstone, a local charity.

The charity wrote on its Facebook page that it had no connection to the run.

"One thing is this time of year when these types of races are coming up, we do see scammers taking advantage of that. We just encourage people if they get something, it may look legitimate but it doesn't hurt to just stop and possibly research," said Jeremy Johnson with the Better Business Bureau.

That even includes researching on the charity being involved.

An upcoming local fundraiser, Relay For Life, says that it's event hides nothing from those willing to donate or participate.

Teresa Browning with Relay For Life of Idaho Falls said, "The American Cancer Society is very transparent its all on the website, and ask questions. They have numbers that you can call."

BBB also advises using a credit card because they can be disputed, whereas prepaid debit cards and cash cannot.

Always check out those terms and conditions to make sure you are available to get a refund.

And of course, keep any documentation of your order like receipts.

Bill's Bike and Run has an event this weekend, and are offering free registration to anyone that can show they registered for the Heartshake Challenge.

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