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Sheboygan's mayor urging people not to sign up for proposed half-marathon

Sheboygan's mayor urging people not to sign up for proposed half-marathon

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Aug 24, 2012

SHEBOYGAN- Sheboygan officials are warning runners about a half-marathon set to take place in the city in less than months. 

TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holyoke reports that Sheboygan Mayor Terry Van Akkeren wants people to stop signing up with event company 'Rapid Running,' supposedly hosting a race this October 13.

TODAY'S TMJ4 reports the running company -- which has canceled events in the past -- has yet to get city approval.

Dozens of runners are worried they signed up for a race that may never happen.

Mayor Van Akkeren explained the processes needed to have the city get behind an event like this.

"It would have to go to the city council, to a committee, back to the city council for approvals, the police chief has to do things."

Rapid Running owner David Mason did meet with Sheboygan officials last year, but communication dwindled.  He told TODAY'S TMJ4 by email, "we have plenty of time to submit any paper work they demand of us, and we submitted our request for road closures to the City of Sheboygan."

City leaders told TODAY'S TMJ4 that request was sent after TODAY'S TMJ4 broke the story.

Officials say that request is simply a spreadsheet in a single email, and it doesn't even come close to satisfying the requirements for hosting a race.

"We need a $1 million liability insurance, it has to be put in place before anyone has an event in Sheboygan. Things like that. We haven't received a formal event request," explained Van Akkeren.

Runners like Ron Nytes are left awaiting the next move.  Volunteers like him are stepping forward, prepared to hold an event of their own if the half-marathon falls through.

"It's a lot of work to put on a race. I've been a race director for a race here in town and I know what it involves," said Nytes.

As time runs out, city hall is still waiting for the required paperwork to come in.

Stay with TODAY'S TMJ4 for the latest on this story.