Flint, Mich., Aug. 19, 2015 – The seventh annual Crim race week news conference today set the stage for the 39th running of the famous 10-mile Crim race this weekend. The news conference was held at HealthPlus’ headquarters in Flint.
After opening remarks from Michael Genord, M.D., who assumes the role of HealthPlus president and CEO Sept. 1, area business leaders, accomplished athletes and more shared their perspectives on the impact of Crim activities on the community. Guest speakers included:
· Andrew Younger, race director, HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races
· Grant Fisher, 2015 Grand Blanc High School graduate; state record-holder in 1,600m, 1-mile runs
· Bobby Crim, founder, HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races
· Susan Borrego, chancellor, University of Michigan-Flint
During his comments, Dr. Genord announced 5K race participant Harry Binder, 91, and 10-mile race participant Darrell McKee, 81, as recipients of the 2015 “Lionheart” award given to the oldest known participant in select Crim race events.
“We are excited to be a part of the Genesee County tradition that is the HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races,” said Dr. Genord. “The past eight months have been challenging for HealthPlus but, like Mr. Binder, Mr. McKee and all the Crim participants, we overcome obstacles and press on. Our ‘Bradley Hills’ challenges are behind us and we are going to finish the race – we look forward to cheering on those who do the same Saturday.”
Dr. Genord was referring to the steep hills on Bradley Road that mark the halfway point of the Crim 10-mile race. The hills are the long-time location of the HealthPlus balloon arch and water station staffed by dozens of HealthPlus volunteers.
“We have supported the Crim organization’s efforts for more than 30 years,” said Dr. Genord. “We look forward to maintaining our lasting partnership with the Crim and with the communities we serve.”
HealthPlus of Michigan is a health and wellness organization providing customized, nationally recognized health plans that meet the needs of large and small employers, families and individuals through a variety of programs, including Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and the Healthy Michigan Plan.
HealthPlus is proudly headquartered in Flint, Mich., and was formed in 1979 as a not-for-profit organization. Today, it:
· Manages health care coverage and wellness programs for members residing in Michigan and for members of Michigan-based companies living outside the state
· Delivers in-network access to health care providers across the United States
· Covers emergency care globally
· Provides access to centers of excellence
The National Committee for Quality Assurance has ranked HealthPlus’ commercial HMO among the nation’s top health plans for the past 10 years*; its commercial and Medicare HMO plans are accredited as “Excellent” by the NCQA. Visit healthplus.org.
*According to America’s Best Health Insurance Plans (2005-2009), NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2010-2011 – Private, NCQA’s Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2011-2012 – Private, NCQA’s Private Health Insurance Plan Rankings 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.