Half Marathon gets Super Starter “Pistol”

A Civil War replica cannon, manned by the 19th Ohio Light Artillery reenactment group, replaced the starter pistol at the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic during the weekend. The Intelligencer reports

“What I wanted to do was create a direct, personal reaction with the military veterans,” said Scatterday, “and attempt to make the public experience what we military had lived with.”

Although the cannon was moved to the roof of the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Center to avoid deafening race participants and spectators, Fonner – clad in full Civil War regalia – attracted a small crowd of passers-by at Heritage Port while firing a few test shots Friday afternoon prior to the event.

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  • SpudGun

    Personal reaction with the military veterans? Of what? The Civil War?

    Luckily Ohio was a Union State, so he could get away with parading around in his dress up costume, I’m sure it would have been received differently if he was waving the Confederate Flag and firing cannons.

    Obviously, Scatterday has spent a lot of dough on his pretend outfit and replica cannon and wants to show it off as much as possible, but using the excuse that this was some sort ‘tribute’ to the fallen seems pretty weak. And at a Half Marathon of all things.

    I’m planning to launch the sack race at my neice’s school sports day by firing off a Trebuchet loaded with Greek Fire to commemorate the Seige of Stirling Castle in 1304, you know, to honor the military veterans.

  • J.T.

    Wow. Something from my area actually makes it on to TFB. Cool!
    The half marathon is across the river in Wheeling, WV but the “reenactors” are from here in Ohio. I know Scatterday and that isn’t him in the picture, but he is an arrogant blowhard and I am not too surprised he pulled a stunt like this.