Get Your Bikes Out and Tires Filled – The TOUR DE CRIM Returns This Weekend!

Tour De CrimThis Saturday Downtown Flint will be flooded with bicycles as people take to the bricks for the 2014 HealthPlus TOUR DE CRIM.   The Tour De Crim is a casual bike challenge that takes riders out along ten miles of the Crim course, following the blue line from Downtown Flint, through some of the college district, over towards Miller Road, and then back downtown for the finish.  Along the course will be set up several optional obstacles where riders must complete challenges before taking to their wheels and hitting the road again.  The focus of the event is fun and that is exactly what is planned as the strange, wonderful, ridiculous and outrageous are encouraged in both fashion and ride.  One of the things that makes the Tour de Crim so much fun is the incorporation of obstacles into the ride and this year they’ll include limboing, hay bale climbing, rope ladders, balance beams, and many, many more challenges that promise to put you throug your paces.  The fun extends well past the race though as there are even more games afterwards in the Flat Lot as well as contests for the most classic bike, best decorated bike, and most creative costumes and all of it will be set to a soundtrack provided by live bands sponsored by Red Ink/Flint Local 432.

This Saturday you and your friends can hit the road and ride the blue line as you laugh your way through all the obstacles and fun and then head back to the Flat Lot in Downtown Flint and enjoy an adult beverage, some music, and share the stories of the day’s strange adventures.  Whether you are looking for a casual ride or something with a little more spirited the Tour de Crim promises to get you out and moving and having an absolute blast.  The Tour de Crim begins promptly at 11AM on Saturday and registration is still open.

HealthPlus Tour de Crim

Saturday, May 17, 2014

11AM Start

Downtown Flint

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Get Out With The Kids For a ‘Day Of Play’ This Saturday

downloadThis Saturday Max Brandon Park will play host to a day of fitness and fun.  The Friends of Max Brandon Park are partnering with the Crim Fitness Foundation’s AmeriCorps service members, Berston Bicycle Club, and several UM-Flint student service groups to offer a day of fun and games throughout the park.  The event will be from 1PM – 4PM and will feature music, prizes, and activities like playing Frisbee, playing parachute games, a hop-scotch rally, relay races, basketball, and Hula Hoops.  There will even be interactive storytelling and nutrition information for the times when the kids and family are taking a breather from all the fun.  This event is absolutely free for all ages and there will be light refreshment provided.

If you are looking for ways to get your family outside and active now that the warmer weather has finally arrived look no further than Max Brandon Park this Saturday because they’ll have plenty to keep everyone moving.

Day Of Play

Max Brandon Park, Flint, MI

Saturday, May 3, 2014

1PM – 4PM



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.

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.

The 2011 Crim: 21 runners keep the streak alive this year

Mlive photo

Call them the iron men of the Crim Festival of Races. The Flint Journal recently published a feature on the 21 men who have participated in every running of the Crim 10-mile race since its founding in Flint 35 years ago.

I happen to know two of these guys and, I must say, they are both pretty hardcore.

Here’s an excerpt from the feature on Mlive:

There are 21 men who have participated in every Crim. Nineteen of them, including Parker, have finished the race every year.

They have scheduled surgeries and family weddings around the race to maintain their streaks. Many have overcome health problems, as they age.

Lance Dunbar of Linden has never come close to missing the Crim, but said, “I always had a fear I might oversleep or something.”

The big race starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning in downtown Flint.

Photo of the day: 35th running of the Crim coming this weekend

Thousands of people will descend on downtown Flint this weekend for the 35th running of the Crim Festival of Races. Even if you’re not a runner, you can enjoy all the festivities of this great weekend in the Flint area. Weather forecast for the weekend looks picture perfect. And don’t forget about the 1980s party in downtown Flint on Friday night.


August 26: Return to the 80s pre-Crim party in downtown Flint

I can’t wait to see some of the outfits that will be on display at this pre-Crim party in downtown Flint on August 26. In truth, I am probably more excited about the 1980s cars that will add to the ambiance. (Yeah, we used to drive cars that looked like that.)