FLINT (WJRT) - (11/03/16) - It was a fantastic finish in Downtown Flint on Thursday, two months after a local woman's dream of completing the Crim was delayed when she went into cardiac arrest while training.
In August, Brenda Brown was just a little over a mile away from a walking the entire ten miles when she collapsed. It was less than two weeks before the race.
She ended up at U-M hospital and Ann Arbor...and never got to finish her training session, let alone the actual Crim. She finally crossed the finish line Thursday evening.
"I feel real good. It's exciting. I was a little nervous coming in, I was like, 'Oh my God I'm emotional. I'm actually finishing this race!'," said Brown, whose last Crim race was more than 30 years ago.
Brown picked up right where she collapsed near Powers Catholic High School. She doesn't remember anything from that day so she had to be shown the exact spot.
Brown had a whole group of people supporting her including her son, her pastor and the people who came to her rescue after she collapsed and hit the ground in August. Rene McMann of Grand Blanc and Ashley Knific of Flushing did CPR on Brown until EMS arrived.
She met the two of them for the first time today and they walked by her side as she crossed the finish line.
"Very glad to see her, obviously the emotion is there," said McMann with tears in her eyes.
"Seeing her like this is amazing. I'm so happy for her and her family," added Knific.
Brown got an official Crim medal after she finished. She says she'll enter the Crim again next summer, but instead of walking ten miles she'll compete in the 8k.