Downtown Flint Readies For Annual Crim Races 8-25-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Downtown Flint Readies For Annual Crim Races 8-25-2010

Downtown Flint is gearing up for another big event just one week after the largely successful Back to the Bricks car festival.
Now, the 34th running of the Crim Festival of Races hits the bricks on Saturday.
Event organizers said they are expecting to break last year's attendance record of 15,000 participants.
Top athletes, runners and walkers participate in the event's signature 10-mile race, which winds through much of downtown Flint.
The newly named one-mile race called the Michigan Mile, has been rerouted through the campus of UM-Flint. The race will be run primarily on the UM campus, starting at the traditional Crim start line and ending at the finish line on the Saginaw Street bricks.
The Crim will also host the USA Track & Field men's 10-mile championship this year. This is the second year of a two-year partnership between USATF and Crim to bring championship events to Flint.
Olympian Bill Rodgers remembers the first Crim in 1977 and told TV5 the race has really evolved.
"It's great for the Flint community," said Rodgers. "I'm amazed, really, [that] there's 10,000 people who are going to go 10 miles. That's a lot of people. Ten miles is a long way, I was an Olympic marathoner, that's tough!"
Officials said the Crim generates more than $10 million per year for the local economy.
For more information on the Crim Fitness Foundation, visit www.crim.org/.



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