FLINT— The annual tradition continues on Aug. 25 as the Crim Festival of Races get set to take place in downtown Flint. There is a limit set at 17,000 runners, and as of last week, nearly 6,000 runners have already registered. Top-tier American runner Deena Kastor will take part in the event, which is currently the fourth largest race in the country.
Participants will receive a New Balance Technical T-shirt, and for those racers who reside in Genesee County, they will be the recipients of a $5 discount from their registration fee, that is, if the registration is done online.
A fundraiser for the Shelter of Flint will be held the night before the races, Aug. 24, with a pasta dinner to help fill the runners with carbs for their racing excursion. It will be held at the corner of Saginaw and Kearsley from 4-8 p.m. A fee of $10 for adults and $5 for kids is required. Children under the age of six are admitted free.
There will also be a surprise appearance from former Detroit Tiger Willie Horton. Horton helped the Tigers win the 1968 World Series, as he attends along with Kastor.
The event as a whole has been around since 1977, and is a highly regarded non-profit organization and is Michigan’s largest sanctioned 10K road race. Details: www.crim.org. — B.P.