'Run or Dye' won't be held in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — The "Run or Dye" 5K, which had been scheduled for May 10, will not be held in Champaign, organizers said Tuesday.

They are hoping to hold the event, which is not a competitive race, in Rantoul.

Approximately 3,000 people already had registered for the Champaign run, which cost $47 per individual or $42 per person for a team of four or more.

"Several months ago, we received authorization to open registration for our event in Champaign, Illinois," said a statement from a public relations firm for the event organizers, Viral Events. "We were ensured and confirmed that we were a go for May 10th, 2014. A few weeks ago, we received notification from the city of Champaign that there was a problem with our permitting process due to a technicality. Since learning about the problem, we have worked around the clock with city and university officials to resolve it, including flying to Champaign and meeting locally to find a resolution. We are continuing to work with officials, and have been exhaustively working on alternative plans, dates and venues in or near Champaign.

"Despite our attempts to resolve concerns, Run or Dye officials were notified recently that no resolution for a permit with the city of Champaign would be possible for May 10th of this year."

The organization said it was working "to identify an alternative date in collaboration with the city," and also was working with Rantoul officials to possibly reschedule the event there.

"We hope to announce the new date in the next few days, after we receive final approvals," the firm said.

According to the organization's website, participants in "Run or Dye" are "showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based powdered dye at every kilometer, turning you into a Technicolor canvas of fun."

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