Organizers canceled the “Cops and Robbers Run” on Wednesday, citing compassion for the family of Michael Brown and the community of Ferguson, Mo.
The run — billed as “an exhilarating, costumed 5K chase” — was set to take place on Sept. 6 at RFK Stadium in Southeast and some proceeds would go to charity partner the D.C. Police Foundation.
Race participants were instructed to come dressed as either a cop or robber, and the “cops” were meant to tag as many “robbers” as possible while racing through “obstacles, sirens, smoke and more,” according to the race’s Facebook page. After the chase, participants could eat donuts and smile for their “mugshot.” “You’ll have a criminal amount of fun,” the site said.
“We have a charity partner that does great work, but it’s not good timing and we want to be sensitive,” said Nick Whitmoyer, one of the business partners behind the race.
A few people on Twitter thought the event was in poor taste given current events.
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“[Calling it off] has been at the top of our minds … since last week,” said Whitmoyer.
Organizers will refund those who signed up to participate.
Not everyone was pleased about the cancellation, though. More than 10 people took to the race’s Facebook page to voice their frustration.