Cincinnati - Mayor Mark Mallory refuses to fire a starter pistol to kick off an upcoming road race, saying he doesn't like the gun's symbolism in a city that set a record for homicides last year.
Mallory said he will blow a whistle at Saturday's Rhythm Race 5K instead. A pistol filled with blanks is traditionally used to start races and track meets.
"I think the symbolism is just bad," he said. "It's just something I don't do."
Silly me, I thought it symbolized the start of the race.