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Posted on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 5:50 a.m.

Rise & Fall: The Color Run and whoever put the 20-pound carp in West Park

By Cole Bertsos

One is a previously successful race coming back to Ypsilanti for a second run. The other is a big fish displaced from his home to a too-small pond.

Here are our picks for Thursday's winner and loser from the news.

Rise: The Color Run

After a successful Ypsilanti debut in July, people were raving about how much fun they had participating in this race. Who didn’t see at least one picture of a friend on Facebook covered in neon bursts from head to toe? After the first Ypsilanti run competing for participants with the Ann Arbor Art Fair, it will be interesting to see if the event manages to be even more popular the second time around in May 2013.

Fall: Whoever put the 20-pound carp in West Park

While carp are fairly common in most areas, introducing a 20-inch-long, 20-pound version of the fish into a city-constructed, small pond can be massively destructive — not to mention illegal. Since the pond is not connected to a larger body of water, the carp had to be brought in by a person. A fish this size could significantly damage such a small ecosystem still in the process of being built up. This new West Park resident has left many around here just plain unimpressed.


Cendra Lynn

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 : 3:41 a.m.

City rules; intelligence drools.


Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 2:34 p.m.

What's worse - someone who probably doesn't know any better putting the carp in the pond, or the city fishing him out and moving him to the river after having been instructed otherwise by the DNR? Just saying.


Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 10:37 p.m.

Whoever put the carp in the pond may not have known any better, but a city employee putting the fish in the river after being explicitly being told not to is a big problem. Some followup on this story to see that someone was held accountable for this violation would be nice. BTW, a 20" carp would weigh between 5 and 8 pounds. I've caught and weighed dozens of them in the Huron.


Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 12:54 p.m.

Cole, This is now the 3rd story that mentions this fish as a 20 pound fish. It is clear from the photo and description that this carp is not 20 pounds. A 20 pound carp would measure at least. Here is a link to a carp weight estimator. Plug in 20 inches and move the girth up to 50 inches. The weight is still only 15 pounds.


Thu, Nov 15, 2012 : 2:07 p.m.

carpity-carp carp carp!!!