The Lehigh Valley Road Runners Super Bowl 10K on Sunday was canceled after a suspicious package was seen on the race course, causing runners to be cleared and the Allentown (Pa.) bomb squad to be called just minutes before the start of the race.
According to lehighvalleylive.com, someone spotted what looked like a bomb at 9 a.m., causing the Lehigh Parkway to be shut down. The race was scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., but it was hours before the bomb squad cleared the scene. The suspicious device was determined to be harmless, and described as “some sort of scrap with wires sticking out of it.”
Race director Chris Garges, who was in Boston during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, said the circumstances left him with no choice. “It struck a chord right away when I heard what it was and that’s why I cooperated 100 percent and did whatever (police) needed us to do,” he told lehighvalleylive.com
The Road Runners posted on Facebook late Sunday night that the race would not be made up and that a refund strategy was being worked on. An overwhelming majority of the runners, however, responded that they did not want their money back.
“It was an unfortunate situation. It was handled well by everyone. I got some pretzels. I want no refund,” one wrote.
Added another: “I don’t want my money back. Good cause. Great race directors. I will be back next year. And the next. And the next.”