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Hard Charge goes out of business

Participants lie on their backs to pull themselves through the missing link obstacle during the Hard Charge race at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, N.D. on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Carrie Snyder / The Forum1 / 2
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Hard Charge, the Fargo-based company that sponsored obstacle races across the nation, has ceased all business operations.

A message posted to their website said the company was filing its Notice of Intent to Dissolve with the appropriate authorities and that all current and future events are canceled.


It goes on to say “Due to our current financial situation Hard Charge is unable to provide refunds to any athlete who has registered for an event.”

Joy Clauson of Morton, Ill., was registered for the event planned Sept. 20 in Peoria, Ill. She had recruited 30 other people to join her as a way to raise money for the local Children’s Hospital.

While she is concerned about losing the registration fees, she wants answers about the money donated to the Children’s Hospital through the Hard Charge site.

Clauson is also angry because she received several emails, one as recent as 48 hours ago, telling her to get her team registered soon because the race was nearly full.

It appears as though the Hard Charge held June 14 in Fargo was their last event. In addition to Peoria, races were planned in Chicago July 19 and Des Moines, Iowa, August 2.

According to Forum archives, Hard Charge was started in 2012 by entrepreneurs Greg Lang and Mark Schlader. Attempts to contact them have been unsuccessful.