Residents seeing red after Raleigh 'Color Run'

October 4, 2013 9:32:21 AM PDT
Some residents of historic Oakwood in downtown Raleigh say they are annoyed by the noise and mess left from last weekend's "Color Run."

Runners and volunteers played loud music and threw colored powder as part of the 5K event at Halifax Mall on Sept. 28.

However, some residents said they were really upset when their cars were towed off the street with less than 24-hours notice.

The homes in Oakwood range from small cottages to multi-story houses, but very few have garages and most don't even have a driveway. That's why residents said they pay an annual fee for a sticker that allows them to park on the curb in front of their homes.

Homeowner, Ian Shields said when he came home from a three-day trip, his cars were gone.

"Two cars apparently stolen or vanished ... and so I called 911 and then found out from neighbors that they had actually been towed because of 'The Color Run,'" he said. "I basically wasted $340 and two hours of my time."

Shields said he was most upset about the lack of notice to move cars off the streets for the Saturday event.

"The signs went up sometime Friday afternoon," he said.

Shields and others said they were also a little perturbed because despite clean-up crews, colored-powder thrown by runners and volunteers still covered cars and even grills in their backyards days later.

The president of the Oakwood neighborhood group was able to negotiate with "The Color Run" officials to reimburse residents whose cars were towed.

Although they are now going to get the towing fees back, Shields said he wants the City of Raleigh to make sure proper notice is given.

The president of the neighborhood association has said that city officials are working that out.

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