FLINT — The Crim Fitness Foundation announced Dec. 21 that Patricia Ball has been named the new race director for the Crim Festival of Races. Ball succeeds Deb Kiertzner, who served as race director since 2005.
“We could not be more pleased with our selection of Patricia Ball as Crim Race Director,” said Gerry Myers, CEO for the foundation. “We spoke with candidates from across the country interested in coming to Flint and helping us with our mission, and Pat was clearly the best choice to continue our 35-year heritage as the premier 10-mile race in Michigan and to lead our new expansion efforts in race management statewide.”
Most recently, Ball served as the race director for the Detroit Free Press Marathon. During her tenure that race grew from 3,000 to 19,000 participants.
“I am honored to accept this position, realizing the history of the organization and its unique ability to serve the Flint community as a source of pride, inspiration and community wellness,” said Ball.
Foundation Chair Mark Yonan said, “We feel we have made the right choice in Patricia and are confident that she will help us to continue the Crim’s strong tradition of Changing Health, Changing Lives and Changing Communities.”
Former Speaker of the House Bobby Crim created The Crim Road Race in 1977. Today the Crim Festival of Races is ranked as one of the top world-class races in the country and serves as a community catalyst promoting healthy, active living.
“I am proud to welcome Patricia to the Crim Race family and am confident her leadership abilities will help us grow even beyond what we have accomplished in the past 35 years,” said Crim. “Our commitment to this city, county and state are stronger than ever and Patricia will help lead us into creating a healthier tomorrow for all of our citizens.”
The 2012 Crim Festival of Races, presented by Health Plus of Michigan, will be held in downtown Flint on Aug. 25. The Crim’s new Qualifier Marathon and Half Marathon, presented by DOW, will be held in the Great Lakes Bay Region (Midland) on May 20. — D.N.