Join Us for a Press Conference Announcing the 39th Annual HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races


PRESS CONFERENCE – 10 A.M. Wednesday, August 19

HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races Steps Up its Tradition as the Best Race in Michigan, Honors Longtime Participants and Welcomes Special Guests

What: The 39th annual HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races continues to inspire and encourage runners and walkers across world during the greatest celebration of health and fitness in Michigan. Tens of thousands of racers, thousands of volunteers, and hundreds of community partners create a swell of energy and joy like no other event in the area. Join us as we honor special guests that span the generations of great runners and walkers. We’ll celebrate local running superstar Grant Fisher, as well as recognize long-standing Crim participants.  All race details will be highlighted, including race day special guest Christopher McDougall, bestselling author of Born to Run and Natural Born Heroes.

When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19
9:30 a.m. – Beverages and Conversation
Press conference to start promptly at 10 a.m.
Interviews available immediately following press conference

Where: HealthPlus of Michigan Headquarters, Atrium
2050 S Linden Rd
Flint, MI 48532

Scheduled speakers include:

  • Dr. Michael Genord, CEO, HealthPlus
  • Andrew Younger, Crim Fitness Foundation Race Director
  • Grant Fisher, Stanford University, Grand Blanc Cross Country Alum
  • John Walter, Secretary, Crim Fitness Foundation, Crim Race Committee Member
  • Sherry Farney and Sarah Easlick, McLaren Flint
  • Bobby Crim, Founder of Crim Fitness Foundation
  • Dr. Susan Borrego, Chancellor, University of Michigan-Flint

Honorary Attendees:

  • Harry Binder
  • Darrell McKee

Media contact:

Theresa Roach, Communications & Outreach Manager, Crim Fitness Foundation, 810-235-7894,


Crim Health and Fitness Expo presented by Commit to Fit!
Riverfront Residence Hall, 1 Riverfront Center W., Flint, MI 48502
Race Bib/Packet Pick Up and Late Registration

  • 2pm – 8pm Thursday, Aug. 20
  • 11am – 8pm Friday, Aug. 21
  • 7am – 12pm Saturday, Aug. 22
    Race Day registration starts at 6:30am and ends at 9am.

Friday, August 21
Michigan Mile Race Series presented by the University of Michigan-Flint

  • 7pm – Professional Mile – Women
  • 7:07pm – Professional Mile – Men sponsored by ATI Physical Therapy
  • 7:20pm – USATF Masters Road Mile National Championship – Women
  • 7:30pm – USATF Masters Road Mile National Championship – Men sponsored by Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce
  • 7:45pm – High School Challenge – Men & Women
  • 7:55pm – Young Runner’s Mile – Boys & Girls 12 & Younger
  • 8:05pm – Michigan Mile Open – All Ages & Abilities sponsored by the University of Michigan-Flint

Family Activities in Wilson Park (between Start & Finish): 6:30-8pm
Festival Hours: 6 – 9pm

Saturday, August 23

10 Mile Run/Walk presented by McLaren Flint

  • 7:30am – Wheelers and hand cyclists, sponsored by Fusion Medial
  • 7:45am – 30 Year Racers
  • 8am – Run/Walk

8K presented by Al Serra Auto Plaza

  • 9:30am – Run
  • 9:40am – Walk

5K presented by FirstMerit Bank

  • 10am – Run
  • 10:10am – Family Walk (strollers allowed in final wave)
  • 5K Start line will remain open until 10:45am to accommodate Crim Half Combo racers (10 Mile + 5K)

Teddy Bear Trot presented by Financial Plus Credit Union

  • 12pm (parents welcome to accompany kids)
  • Race starts in front of City Hall on Saginaw Street and ends at Festival Finish Line (Distance: .29 miles)

Festival Hours: 8am – 3pm

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