FLINT (WJRT) -
(05/14/14) - Some two-wheeled excitement is ready to to roll through Flint this weekend.
Saturday morning, the second annual Tour de Crim peddles across the bricks of downtown Flint.
"We are so excited. The HealthPlus Tour de Crim is going to have close to 1,000 people this year. We already have more than 600 registered. It's just a wave of people going down the street," said Andy Younger, Tour de Crim director.
It's an un-timed, non-competitive race that rolls and rides along the blue line of the entire 10 mile Crim course, including the dreaded Bradley Hills. The age requirement this year has been lowered to include younger riders, 8 and up.
"It's for anyone that might not be able to run the 10 mile or walk it because they think it's a little bit intimidating. Biking it is a little bit easier. It's just a totally new way to experience the Crim course," Younger said.
Throughout the race, participants will jump off their wheels and tackle a series of obstacles that include everything from hoola hoops to bounce houses.
"We've got hay bails to jump over and net crawls. We've got stops near Atwood Stadium, Mott Park, Sargenson Park and the new Powers campus as well," said Lauren Holaly-Zembo, Crim Active Living coordinator.
A limited number of bicycles and helmets will be available for use on site, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.
"Any kind of bike, whether you have a BMX or serious road bike," Younger said.
After crossing the finish line, medals will be handed out at a massive post race party in the Saginaw street flat lot.
"We have live entertainment from Flint Local 432, Michigan micro brews and root beer from Table and Tap, food, games, contests, all sorts of stuff," said Ali Harris, Crim events coordinator.
Tour de Crim festivities begins at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, with the race at 11.