KOTA KINABALU, Sept 21, 2015:
Those who signed up for a fun run that was supposed to be held on Sept 27 have now turned to the police to locate the person behind the so-called Borneo Mud Challenge.
To date, at least six police reports have been lodged against the Borneo Mud Challenge organisers after efforts by sponsors and participants to contact them failed.
Disclosing that the case was being investigated under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating, Kota Kinabalu police chief Assistant Commissioner M. Chandra said the reports were lodged between Sept 1 and today.
He declined to comment further when asked if the man behind the so-called run had run off with the registration fees.
Meanwhile, a blog posting on sabahbah.com revealed that the event was touted as “the slowest, hardest 10km run you will ever do in your life”, and was based on similar events organised around the world.
In their Facebook page, which has since been deactivated, the Borneo Mud Challenge offered 25 obstacles designed by Navy Seals.
According to sabahbah.com, the unease began earlier this month when participants complained that the organisers were difficult to contact and that they were unable to get updates on the venue, schedule and obstacles.
At least 364 people signed up online, according to the TicketBud Events page, and possibly a few hundred more signed up in person at registration tables at certain venues for fees ranging from RM80 to RM140 per person.
The sabahbah.com also disclosed that heated discussions continued in the comments section of the last post on the Borneo Mud Challenge’s Facebook page and participants appeared to have mobilised, lodging police reports and sharing information on how to obtain refunds.
It also pointed out that sometime over the past weekend, the Facebook pages of the fun run and its organisers seemed to have been deleted or deactivated.
“Participants posted unverified reports that the so-called organiser was in Bangkok or Manila, while his social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter, CouchSurfing, LinkedIn) hinted that he had embarked on Europe trip, but some suggested it might be a decoy,” the sabahbah.comstated.
A closed group that was set up on Facebook by the Borneo Mud Challenge participants to share information and updates on either the so-called run or the organiser’s whereabouts has so far garnered 642 members.