How To Mark A Running Trail

This article is complete B.S. Why? Because it plays on people’s stupidity and fear. Seriously, if you see somebody running around, spreading a white powder on the ground, it’s not anthrax.

Then, the writer goes on to tell me that I shouldn’t mark my running trail with bloody corpses. Thanks Sherlock. Bloody corpses are awful for marking trail for many reasons.

Piles of stones and twigs are no good either because you can’t distinguish one pile of sticks/ stones from another random pile of sticks/ stones. Chalk and flour is the way to go when marking trail.

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Readers, here’s a friendly reminder: Things are different in this post-9/11 world. So, please — leave the flour at home.

We bring you this reminder because of a recent news story out of Lafayette, Indiana, titled Runners May Be to Blame for Parking Garage Scare.

The story begins:

Some questions have been potentially answered about a white powder that was found in the Tippecanoe County Parking Garage earlier this week.

Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Department Detective Bryan Cummins said two people have called the department saying the powder was placed by runners who use flour to mark their running paths.

We’re looking at you, Harriers!

Here are a few things you may still safely use to mark a running route:

  • Small piles of stones.
  • Chalk markings.
  • Twigs in the shapes of arrows, X’s, etc.
  • Brightly colored yarn or strips of cloth.

And here are a few things to avoid using (apart from the obvious, i.e., anything anthrax-y looking):

  • Road flares bundled together with electrical tape
  • Stainless steel briefcases with large “biohazard” decals
  • Oil-stained cardboard boxes containing ticking alarm clocks
  • Dummy artillery shells
  • Friends posing as bloodied corpses
  • Bloodied corpses




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