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Superhero Scramble – the future

shslogoI really can’t look into the future, and I have no insider knowledge for whatever counts as Superhero Scramble HQ these days. This isn’t a judgement of character or life style choice.

This is simply about a race that has been to New England twice now – put on some fun times for us – and is still accepting New England cash to come back in 2015.

My recommendation has to be that you should not register.

As many of you know, they recently had venue issues with the tri-state event. Lots of issues. Two (at least) venue relocations, and ultimately a full cancellation. Refunds WERE offered, and if you got one, I’d love to hear from you, because I didn’t.

However, the New England event we saw in 2014 was fantastic. It didn’t show a company in trouble. They pulled out everything they had and the course was both challenging, well built and well marshaled for safety. The festival was jumping – although much of that may have been to the Sports Park staff and crew, as we’ve seen in previous races.

At the time, I remember having to explain to people – especially new runners – that despite the gloss and shine of the New England event, it wasn’t always that way. In other regions, events were being relocated, rescheduled and “postponed” (which is OCR Race speak for “canceled, but you aren’t getting your money back” – at least in my personal opinion).

SHS NE 2014 - Biggest Team
SHS NE 2014 – Biggest Team

In fact, a common turn of phrase was that Superhero Scramble was a Florida race, with a New England event. They seemed to do well in their home state, but struggle everywhere else outside New England, where we saw their best side, and brought good turn out.

Thats changed. Recently they postponed their Central Florida event, scheduled for next January – due to low numbers. Even more recently, the North Florida in November 2014 event was “postponed” for the same reason. “Compensation” will come – but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

This means Superhero Scramble, the well polished event that used to bring out the elites, pay out prize money (eventually) and showed us a great time just a few months ago has now postponed ALL events scheduled for their home state, have nothing on the calendar for 2014, and are postponing events as far ahead as January 2015 for low attendance – but still have registration open for New England 2015 next June.

Again, my personal recommendation is to not register.

This doesn’t even take into account the recent bizarre shopping rewards program they recently announced – which is so out of left field I’m not sure what they expected the OCR community to think of it …

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7 thoughts on “Superhero Scramble – the future

  1. I registered a year ahead for TSNY 2014. Had to tap American Express for chargeback after my refund request @ SHS vanished into ether. It took almost three months but I was finally made whole. If you want to pre register for an SHS event I highly recommend paying with AmEx or Discover CREDIT cards, they will help if the worst happens. I feel bad for those who opted for Superpasses instead, which are probably worthless. No I’m REALLY not regretting getting a Super Tatt!

  2. The north florida race participants have sitll not received any kind of refund or explanation or even a response to the emails or phone calls. its ridiculous

  3. This is just so bizarre. For real.

  4. In the immortal words of Chaplains Assistant Billy Pilgrim: "And so it goes."

  5. Thats the million dollar question, Orry. And would you want to gamble your own money on a pre-reg to find out?

    1. Oh Hell No! It’s a shame, those were really fun races.

  6. Throw in the turmoil surrounding ASP, which is probably a major reason for SHS's 2 outstanding New England Events, can you really have an optimistic expectation for their ability to relocate, if necessary, to another Massachusetts venue?

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