Apr. 27 Only in America

0.5K charity road race in Texas starts and ends with a beer

BOERNE, Texas (AP) — So many people have registered for a very short road race near San Antonio that no other “underachievers” are allowed to enroll. The first Boerne 0.5K is scheduled for May 5 in the city of the same name. Organizers say their city permit won’t allow more than 100 “fellow underachievers” on the 546-yard (499-meter) course. Race entry costs $25. The event is raising funds for Blessings in a Backpack, which provides foods at the weekend for underprivileged children. There’s also a VIP option: For big shots not wishing to expend any energy, a 1963 Volkswagen bus will transport them the length of the course for an extra $25. A couple of brewpubs are sponsoring the event, and participants will get free beer at the start and finish lines.

Police corral coyote for 2nd time this week in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A coyote taking a daylight stroll through Philadelphia was trapped under a large metal trash bin near a school Thursday and it was later euthanized. The coyote was spotted along the city’s downtown waterfront before police and animal control officers cornered and trapped it about 3 miles away in south Philadelphia. Thursday’s encounter marked the second time in a week that Philadelphia police have dealt with a coyote. On Monday, one was captured and released in a city park about 15 miles away from the school. Officials at the Pennsylvania Game Commission think it may have been the same animal. “We believe that it may be the same coyote because of its demeanor, because of its lack of fear of humans,” said Dustin Stoner, an information and education supervisor for the commission’s southeast region. “Typically, coyotes aren’t as visible in urban areas as this one is or has been.” Stoner noted that the coyote seemed habituated to humans in both cases. He said it was put down to prevent people— especially children — from confusing the wild animal with a stray dog.