Korir finishes first at Crim Festival

FLINT — Leonard Korir of Tucson, Ariz. finished first in the 10-mile male portion of the Crim Festival of races in a time of 46:59.57 Saturday.

Korir was able to take advantage of the absence of Julius Kogo. Kogo, a native of Kenya like Korir, was forced out of the United States because of issues with his visa.

Kogo had won the last five Crim Races prior to this year’s event. Former Grand Blanc runner Grant Fisher also didn’t participate this year because he was on his way to college at Stanford.

Matthew Popielarz of Ann Arbor was first in the 8K run in 26:11.28. Todd Straka of Boulder, Colo. was first in the male 5K in 16:25.11.

James Goergen of Corunna took the top spot in the 8K male walk in 53:16.61. Harry Garrison of Flushing was first in the 5K walk in 36:12.05.

Carol Rotich was first in the 10-mile female race in 53:05.58. Samantha Johnson of Comstock Park won the 8K race in 30:52.05.

Paige Boldt of Grand Rapids was first in the 5K run in 18:24.48. Mary Grab of Swartz Creek won the 8K walk in 56:05.56 and Mary Savage of Davison won the 5K in 29:27.72.

Aaron Cochran of Clio won the youth portion of the Michigan Mile in 15:50. Abby Schultz of Flushing won the High School Challenge in 6:40.

Aaron Ferrante of Wyandotte won the Open Division in 9:05. Aaron Pratt of Saline won the USTAF Master Men’s Division in 6:01.

Amy Nemeth of Williamston won the USTAF Women’s Division in 5:49. Brandon Hodgins of Boone, N.C. won the Promen Division in 4:12 and Amanda Eccleston of Ann Arbor won the Prowomen Division in 4:42. For full race results go to www.crim.org. — K.W.

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