(08/19/13) - With another successful Back to the Bricks in the rearview mirror, it's time to prepare for the The Health Plus Crim Festival of Races.
16,000 people are expected to participate in a variety of races and walking events this weekend.
Race officials have tweaked the courses for the 10-mile, the one mile and the 5K.
The changes, which will take them through the campus, will allow more runners to participate while preserving much of the traditional routes.
The first two miles of the 10 mile race have changed, and that means runners will see a different part of the city.
"This part of Kearsley is great. It's the University of Michigan-Flint's campus, the newer part, absolutely gorgeous. It's a great place to spectate. Beautiful to run on," said Andy Younger, of the Crim Fitness Foundation.
Mile-long events have been moved to Friday evening. Those routes will also go through a portion of the UM-Flint campus.
"We're going to have 20 or more of the fastest professional runners, men and women in the country. And they're going to be competing for a really sizeable prize purse," Younger said.
That event is called the Professional Mile. The Michigan Mile is for less serious runners.
Winning a block M by running the Michigan Mile has become very popular. If you want to earn this, you're going to have to register soon.
As always, there is a tremendous need for volunteers to make the Festival of Races a success.
"We rely on thousands of volunteers to help with anything from passing out T-shirts and bibs at the expo to handing out water to runners on the course to helping with pizza and drinks after the race," Younger said.
This year, officials have brought back race-day registration. For details, click HERE.
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