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Controversial Margarita 5K appears to be on now in Cincinnati

Run had been canceled in Pittsburgh
Posted: 1:24 PM, Oct 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-04 17:32:48-04

The Margarita Madness 5K appears to be on for Saturday, Oct. 6, after all.

Runners had lit up social media and Reddit with concerns that the race might not be happening in Cincinnati, after spending between $35 and $75 each to sign up for the run.

News reports from Pittsburgh of that city's Margarita Madness run described a disorganized race, that the city ultimately canceled due to a lack of proper permits. 

Cincinnati runners worried that the same thing was happening here, since no one had heard any details a week before the run, and city officials said they knew nothing about it.

Concerned racegoer Gina Childers of West Chester said, "I am one of the people who signed up, and now the rumor mill is swirling that they may not even have their permits."

Runners in Pittsburgh have complained of long waits for refunds, and Childers worried about the money she paid.

Permits issued, race appears to be on

But with days to go, the Los Angeles-based organizers of Margarita Madness applied for the necessary permits, and now appear to have everything they need.

City of Cincinnati spokesperson Rocky Merz told WCPO the group has just received official go-ahead to stage the Saturday afternoon 5K that begins in Sawyer Point, and end with all runners receiving a free margarita.

Lt. Steve Saunders of the Cincinnati Police Department told us they also have received the necessary liquor permit to be able to serve alcohol outdoors.

So at this point, the race that has generated controversy and confusion in several cities appears to be a go in Cincinnati.

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