In June, the company behind the Electric Foam 5K race announced it was canceling all future races and ceasing operations. That came a month after several hundred participants showed up for a scheduled foam race in Madison, Wis., only to find a poorly marked route and what one participant described as kids bubble blower sitting on top of two rusty barrels. After some early confusion, at least some of the runners received refunds. And, closer to home, the Better Business Bureau Serving New Mexico and Southwest Colorado announced last month that Round House Racing of Spanish Fork, Utah, had shut down and canceled all future 5K Foam Fest races including one scheduled for Sept. 27 at Wild West Nature Park in Edgewood. To be clear, these developments represent a tiny percentage of the for profit and charity runs that take place nearly every weekend here in Albuquerque and across the country without a hitch. Running USA, an industry trade group, says the number of people who have completed one of these races has grown in just the past five years from the low six figures in 2009 to staggering 4 million in 2013, according to a report it published earlier this year. That more than the 2.5 million runners who finished a half marathon or marathon combined. unprecedented growth is a result of replicating this same experience across the country by producing a national series that creates loyalty, engagement and as well as drawing in the crowds, the report says. a business strategy driven by a large social media footprint, startup companies such as Tough Mudder and The Color Run have attracted hundreds of millions of revenue dollars in just a few years of operation. rapid growth no doubt is one factor in the recent string of companies that have shut down operations, according to Connie Quillen, executive assistant at the Albuquerque based BBB. goes hand in hand, she told the Journal. more businesses you have doing it, the more businesses that aren going to succeed. for the canceled 5K Foam Fest, Quillen said Round House Racing made clear on its website that it did not offer refunds under any circumstances even before it went out of business. For that reason, she said, runners should be careful when registering and paying in advance for a particular event. pay with a credit card always, she said. just have more protections that way. committing money to participate in a race, Quillen also suggests: Get independent verification that the race is scheduled. If the event is planned for a park, for example, check with the appropriate entity to see if the company has booked that location. Familiarize yourself with the company refund policy. As mentioned earlier, the no refund policy was stated clearly on the 5K Foam Fest website. Keep your eyes and ears open for any news between the time your register and the day of the event. In some cases, races have been canceled with little more than 24 hour notice. If promotional materials say some or all proceeds will go to a particular charity, contact the charity directly to ensure that is indeed the case. 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The family resolves this last bit of trouble by agreeing to show up at the CPS office for an appointment the next morning. Sure thing. See you then. Cliffhangers resolved or put off, the Botwin Newmans are on a retrieval mission. Nancy does futile damage control on Esteban's voicemail. From the back seat, Mike wants to talk about the hypothetical scenario in which they actually go through with the exchange. They'll live happily ever after, and maybe Shane can crib off Dexter's code. All Esteban wants is his son. Is there such a magical place? But Nancy is not here to make a trade. She whips the crossbow out from under baby blankets and promptly shoots Esteban in the leg. But Shane does not appear to be waiting among the lanes. Nor is he in Cesar's trunk. Nancy demands Cesar's phone and tries to call her husband, who promptly hangs up. Her next move is to call Cesar's wife, appealing to her as a mother. The missus is having none of it, instructing Cesar to finish work and get home for dinner. Again, we dine at the Hungry Kuntry Buffet. Doug is debating his menu options after several days of starvation in captivity, but is cruelly cut off. Ignacio and Shane continue to playfully compare criminal dispositions. Ignacio offers Doug some artificial sweetener in leiu of food, which he declines in favor of a trip to the bathroom. Silas and Ignacio compare notes on their first murders while Doug cartoonishly debates his escape in the parking lot behind them. Run away! Alas, Doug comes back inside. At a table across the restaurant, Silas and Andy sit with actual, non crossbow Stevie and wait for Nancy to do her thing. They decide to put their own rescue plan into action, as soon as they eat. Mike continues to slowly fade from existence, phoning his girl again with promises that he'll be there soon. 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