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Crim makes changes to encourage new runners

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It's an event like no other in Mid-Michigan, the Crim Festival of Races. 

But this 40th anniversary will be different than all the rest, $40,000 set aside as prize money for elite runners will instead go as a scholarship to 2,000 flint residents so they can participate in the crim. 

The water crisis sparked the decision.

"This year we have the opportunity to inspire more people than ever to get out there and be active and be healthy and take control of their health," said race director Andrew Young.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said she is excited over the news.

"It's more important than ever before when we know we have this water crisis going on and the impact it's had on health and what this Crim Foundation is doing right now to really to get everybody involved and everybody participating so that anybody in Flint who wants to be in the race can do so," Weaver said.

The Crim Foundation plans to try to get the whole community involved in the race this year by showing short videos.  The mayor said she thinks it'll work.

"I hope people to come out and start Crim-ming," Weaver said.

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