ClarinetPlayer - A couple of us in our office are running the Crim and we have a co-worker who until just recently lived in Flint. He isn't running but he always takes his family out to watch the event and was telling us to run fast to avoid gangs and violence. Then this morning he sent us an email with an article from the Flint Journal with tips for the Crim:Crim running tips for before, during and after the race
But he added a paragraph at the bottom right before where it says "Other than that, have fun. And finish." His added text:
A final warning to runners
This year, more than ever, the presence of gang-related activity in the surrounding neighborhoods will be a cause of concern for race participants. Local police have already received tips of potential attacks upon the runners. City of Flint Police Captain, Don McCreadle, has already issued warnings to all his officers to be extra-vigilant in their efforts of preventing shootings and other attacks. He also said that officers in riot gear will be posted every half-mile of the race. Police are recommending that runners carry mace or pepper spray to ward off any attacks. Notices will be posted this year at the starting line reminding all runners of the potential dangers ahead.
He managed to work it into the article flawlessly, and if you didn't click through to the actual article you would think that maybe it's a bit extreme but it still looks legit.
I usually pick up on these jokes right away but had to admit that he had me going, although I just shrugged it off and figured there are enough runners and I'll be with the big herds enough that I would be unharmed (plus I've run and biked through some pretty hairy areas of Detroit and Highland Park... how bad can Flint really be?). However, one of my co-workers who is projecting closer to a 2-hour finish was literally freaking out.
A bit of local running humor I guess.