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Fargo-based 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 Forum 1 / 2
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A message posted to its website said the company is 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 others to join her in an effort to raise money for The Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

While she is concerned about losing the registration fees, she especially 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 members registered soon because the race was nearly full.

“You’re telling me they didn’t know they were going bankrupt then?” Clauson asked. “It seems a bit shady.”

It appears as though the Hard Charge event June 14 in Fargo was the company’s last event. Others were scheduled in Chicago July 19 and Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 2.

Hard Charge also filmed a television show based on the obstacle course events that was broadcast locally on KVLY, Fox Sports and the Midco Sports Network. 

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