(04/07/14) - It's crunch time for the Crim Fit Adult Training Program. The deadline to sign up is April 15. More than 600 people are on board already, and the Crim hopes to double that number by next week.
"The last three weeks, we've seen a surge in numbers since the weather has broken. People are starting to head outside and train, running and walking. We want to get people going because before you know it, it'll be May," said Erin Lamb, of the Crim Fitness Foundation.
The training program runs for 15 weeks, beginning in Mid May. It's now entering its nineteenth year, and continues to expand.
"We have more morning groups on Tuesday mornings than we've ever had, and we also have new training groups," Lamb said.
"We're out in Flushing, we're in Genesee, we're in Davison, we're in Flint. We have a lot of locations, and many around the course itself so that people can get familiar with it, so when they get race day, it's not something new," said Clayt Hubel, of the Crim Fitness Foundation.
Race day this year falls on Saturday, Aug. 23 - in downtown Flint, of course.
"The big goal is to get people across the finish line and make sure that they're ready for that event when it comes on the day of the Crim Festival of Races, so that they're comfortable about approaching that start line," Hubel said.
Following a long, cold Mid-Michigan winter, the staff at Advanced Physical Therapy Center recommends a little pre-training and conditioning to help avoid injuries.
"Knee problems, you can get some shin splints, you can get some calf or achilles problems, some hamstring soreness. All of those can be a little bit greater if you haven't been working on something," said Kim Turner, of the Advanced Physical Therapy Center.
That conditioning doesn't necessarily have to involve long distance running.
"Get outside, get walking, get on the treadmill, get on a bike, anything that helps your cardiovascular. Start moving," Turner said.
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