Flint, Michigan is notorious for violence per capita however to paraphrase a resident, the town comes together for the Crim Festival of Races.
Founded in 1977, by Bobby Crim, the race is known for its rich history of competitive fields with past racers including greats like Bill Rodgers, Greg Meyer, Benji Durden, Dick Beardsley, and more!
2014's field did not disappoint as I got totally trounced by men and woman alike. It was great!
The course winds through the rolling hills of Flint and presents a decent challenge to anyone hoping to run fast. My Flint acquaintance was right though, the townspeople were out supporting the runners throughout the course, old and young, black and white, Flint seemed to really appreciate the race and what it means for the town.
Next time, I'm waiting until I'm absolutely fit for a 10 mile race as this one is one of the best in the country.
Finally, I was greeted by none other than Bobby Crim at the finish. How cool is that! Also even though my bib said my full name, "Daniel," he called me Dan! Attached is a photo of the Bobby Crim statue that has been erected in his honor!