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Bobby Crim statue unveiled

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The legacy of one of Flint's true supporters became a permanent fixture on the city's landscape Thursday night.

"I'll tell you that, I never expected something exactly like this. I'm humbled beyond words," Bobby Crim said, while in the shadows of his new statue.

Thirty-eight years ago, Crim decided to encourage community involvement and promote healthy living with a 10-mile race. The event has grown into the crown jewel for the city.

"It's probably my favorite day of the year in Flint," said Ann-Marie Christman, who races in the Crim.

A study conducted by University of Michigan-Flint found the Crim brings nearly 60,000 spectators, racers, and volunteers to the downtown area with an economic impact of $10-million and those involved with the Crim say the statue is well deserved.

"It just makes sense that we have this long-term symbol, this long-lasting symbol now, of the impact Bobby has made," said Andy Younger, Crim's Race Director.

The statue is a symbol of the love one man has for his city, and that city has for the event he created.

"I'll say this. When I look at that statue, I see a community. A tough, resilient, caring, giving community. Thank you for these type people who have come through some very hard times," Crim said.

The Crim races begin on Friday night at 7 p.m. The big day downtown begins early Saturday morning.

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