This year's field seemed to be
3 times larger than the previous with the crowd growing proportionally.
After initial friction at the starting line with Ann Arbor's finest the race started and
hundreds of people tumbled from downtown to the railroad tracks. The Ann Arbor
Police Department showed up at the finish line as quickly as possible and blocked off the
north-bound lanes in the hopes of preventing kart-car incidents. The crowd shouted, cheered, and
mingled for about a half hour, slowly trickling away. The police did the same as more
pressing issues popped up in town. The last three lit cars left together and just as decisively
most of the crowd dispersed.
There was one lone car across the street with it's lights off.
I stopped to compliment the officer in the car on their levelheaded response to the throbbing
masses and he responded that he thought this was a good thing. They were happy as long as the
kids had their fun, didn't break things, and then went home. Seems fair to me. It was a pity, but
that some of the kids felt the need to taunt the police. Thankfully the officers were smarter
than their assailants.
I can't even imagine how next year will be manageable if the grow rate of karts and crowd continues.