Enjoying the Crim Festival of Races from the Sidelines

Crim Start

If you’re not among the 15,000+ people expected to participate in this weekend’s Crim Festival of Races, don’t worry. There’s plenty of fun to be had from the sidelines. After all, onlookers always welcome to cheer on the participants during the 10-mile race, which kicks off at 8 a.m.

“University Avenue, Saginaw Street and the Bradley Hills are popular locations for spectators,” says Theresa Roach, Communications & Outreach Manager for the Crim Fitness Foundation. “One area where racers may need a pick-me-up is the hilly area along Parkside (about eight miles into the 10-mile course).”

Roach recommends bringing along anything from lawn chairs and posters/signs to water toys and cheerleading pom poms.

If you’re headed for downtown Flint, know that parking lots tend to fill up early. As such, starting at 6 a.m. and running until3 p.m., there will be a free parking and shuttle service at the McLaren Medical Testing Lab, about 2.5 miles from the start/finish line.

While you’re downtown, be sure to check out the festival lot entertainment at Kearsley and Saginaw streets. A beer tent, live music and food vendors will be on-site from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (as well as 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday). Race awards will be presented on the stage at 11:30 a.m.

To check out the full course map, click here. For more information about the Crim festivities, click here.

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Crim Kids Classic to Host Diaper Dash, Toddler Trot on Saturday

Photo by Kevin Markuszewski, Crim Fitness Foundation

Photo by Kevin Markuszewski, Crim Fitness Foundation

When it comes to health and fitness, a person is never too young to be introduced to an active lifestyle – which is why the Marti Austin Kids Classic caters specifically to youth ages 0-12.

Kicking off at 11 a.m. Saturday, the race events will run back-to-back in the following order:

  • Diaper Dash
  • Toddler Trot
  • ¼ Mile
  • ½ Mile
  • 1 Mile

The day includes fun activities for the entire family, and parents are welcome to run and/or walk with their children.

Each participating child will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and a finisher medal. In addition, Sloan Museum will offer free passes to race participants.

Online registration ends today and costs $15. Participants can also pre-register for $15 at the Crim Fitness Foundation office through Friday, May 29. Day-of registration, which costs $20, will begin at 10 a.m. at the Whiting in Flint.

For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

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Tour de Crim Offers ‘Fun Way to Kick Off an Active Summer’ 

Photo by Mark Corcoran, Flint Lensmen Camera Club

Photo by Mark Corcoran, Flint Lensmen Camera Club

Nearly 1,000 bicyclists are expected to travel along the Crim’s famous 10-mile blue line course in Flint as part of the HealthPlus Tour de Crim on Saturday, May 16.

“We’re all about promoting active living, health and wellness in the community,” says Ali Harris, Assistant Director of Events & Community Engagement at the Crim Fitness Foundation, which will host its flagship roadrace in August. “And we wanted to expand our events beyond just running and walking to include bicycling.”

Now in its third year, the non-competitive challenge will kick off at 11 a.m. near the corner of Saginaw and Union streets. The route includes four stops with water, snacks and safety and gear support. Two of those stops will also have obstacle stations (participation is optional).

And while the Tour de Crim isn’t a race, there is still some competition involved. Prior to the ride, participants can enter contests for best decorated bike, most classic bike, best costume and best costumed team (of up to four people).

“This event is designed for riders eight and older,” Harris says. “It’s just a fun way to kick off an active summer.”

She adds that Jef Mallett will also be on-site during the event. (Not only is the creator and artist behind the nationally syndicated comic strip Frazz an avid bicyclist, he’s also a Michigander.) Additional attractions include a bungee race, moonwalk, interactive bike­art station and music.

No bike? No problem. Rentals will be available through the University of Michigan­-Flint Recreation Center during the event.

Event goers can preregister for $35 at http://www.tourdecrim.org through Thursday. Day-of registration is $45. All participants will receive a moisture-wicking performance tee, a medal that doubles as a bottle opener, a microbrew or root beer from Tenacity Brewing and artisan bread from Crust Bakery.

For more information about the Tour de Crim, click here.

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Head to Downtown Flint on Feb. 21 for Chili Cook-Off & a Brisk Walk/Run


Baby, it’s cold outside. Head to downtown Flint on Saturday, Feb. 21, and you’re sure to warm up.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the Flint Farmers’ Market will host the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. Grab a taste and vote for your favorite downtown Flint chili. Samples are free, and a trophy will be awarded to the restaurant winner. There will also be ice carvers, sledding, turkey bowling and more!

Then at 4 p.m., break off that layer of snow and turn up the heat during Crim’s Run Your Ice Off  5K run/walk through the UM-Flint campus and along the Flint River. Hot chocolate will be waiting at the finish line.

The Flint Farmers’ Market is located at 300 E. First St. The race starts and ends at Kearsley Street at Wallenberg on the UM-Flint campus. There is a participation fee for the race. Learn more here.

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See What’s Happening in and Around Flint & Genesee During the Week of August 19-25

Don’t Miss Events: “Improv Yourself” at Davison Roadside Park Pavilion August 21; 37th Annual “Crim Festival of Races,” Downtown Flint August 23 & 24

Art & Culture

August 19 – 25: The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA), 1120 E. Kearsley Street, Flint * (810) 234-1695 * flintarts.org

  • (Monday-Wednesday & Friday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Visit the FIA and browse through their outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African and Asian art including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative arts featuring a complete set of 17th century French tapestries. Continue reading

Ride The Line With The Tour De Crim This Weekend

BikeLogoHave you ever wanted to travel the Crim route but weren’t up for running the race itself?  This Saturday, May 11th you’ll get a chance to take your bike out on the streets and you can follow the blue line all through the city.  This is the first year of the HealthPlus Tour De Crim and there is reason for the growing excitement.  Unlike other similar events this is a casual ride and is non-competitive so that participants can focus on just getting out and getting some exercise while having fun.  Adding a little more adventure to the tour will be several challenges and obstacles that bicyclists will have to overcome along the way.  The obstacles will be set up at locations like Atwood Stadium and several parks on the route and will include doing the limbo, going down inflatable slides, and much, much more.

The HeathlPlus Tour De Crim has more to offer though than just the bike ride and challenges.  There will be live entertainment from all ages club Flint Local 432 and there will be micro-brews available from Table & Tap.  The tour isn’t just for adults though and there is a bike rodeo for the kids as well as other activities so this is a wonderful chance for families to get out and enjoy the Spring weather together and get some exercise with the ones they love.  Riders must register to participate and you can do so on the Crim website and registration will get you a t-shirt, medal, and a beverage as well as 10% off participating restaurants and there will be bikes and helmets to rent if you don’t have wheels but want to take part.

For more information about the Tour De Crim head to the Crim website where you will find out how to register and what will be in store for you if you join the fun. https://seeandbseen.org/tag/davison/

35th running of the Crim Festival of Races is record-setter

Flint Journal Photo | Ryan Garza

It has been a great summer for events in Flint and Genesee County. The summer was capped off over the weekend with the record-setting 35th running of the Crim Festival of Races. Thousands packed downtown Flint in the early-morning hours Saturday for a home-grown event that continues to expand every year.

The streets were packed with onlookers and supporters, watching friends, family and even some of the top distance runners in the country compete in the 10-mile race.

Never before had more people been a part of the Crim.

From Mlive:

Estimates Saturday showed about 16,800 participated this year. That’s the biggest turnout the event has ever had and about 700 higher than last year’s record-setting crowd, said Crim Fitness Foundation Race Director Deb Kiertzner.

Total participation in the 10-mile race was 10,371, up from last year’s record-setting 10,291.