Last week, several women who registered for the New England Lozilu event reached out to Obstacle Racing Media to ask us the status of this women’s only obstacle race company.
There was an event scheduled this past weekend in New England at The Bolton Fairgrounds. After ignoring emails and posts on their Facebook page for several days (including from ORM), Lozilu emailed New England participants stating the race had been rescheduled for August 1st for “insurance reasons beyond the control of Lozilu”.
ORM spoke with Linda at The Bolton Fairgrounds, who told us Lozilu had reached out to her some time ago but that “the contract was never signed”. We then clarified the question to include last weekend or this upcoming weekend (August 1st), and she told us “Nothing has happened, because there was nothing to go forward on”.
Failing to secure a venue is behavior exhibited earlier this year by another failed OCR, Atlas Race. For those that are not aware, Atlas Race waited until 48 hours before canceling their Dallas, Texas event, all the while still collecting funds on that and future events. Atlas eventually went quietly away, canceling all future events, without refunding participants or paying athletes thousands that were owed.
One of several disappointed customer postings to the Lozilu Facebook wall.
It appears Lozilu may be headed down the same path. The standard for getting refunds in the OCR industry has been to contact your bank/credit card company. We recommend doing this if you are concerned about any future Lozilu events.