FLINT (WJRT) -
(05/29/14) - Saturday morning, hundreds of tiny feet will pound the pavement of the Flint Cultural Center.
"Absolutely pumped. It's a really great event for us to kick off the summer. Fun for the whole family. Parents can run with their kids," said Sandy Selby, of the Crim Fitness Foundation.
It's the twenty-first year for the Marty Austin Crim Kids Classic, otherwise known as the mini-Crim. Close to 800 kids are expected to participate. The races are open to anyone 12 and under.
"They'll be participating in one of five events, either the diaper dash, toddler trot, quarter mile, half mile, or one mile, and then there are vendors, community partners, a DJ, all sorts of fun things for the families to do," said Erin Lamb, of the Crim Fitness Foundation.
No matter what their time is, all runners, and even the crawlers, walk and waddle away as winners.
"Every kid's going to get a medal, a T-shirt and a bib, so they're official runners," Selby said.
Something new for this year's Crim Kids Classic is a new and improved Running Bear. This version stands nine feet tall, and he's ready to chase your kids across the finish line.
"He has become our new mascot and he'll be out there with the kids making sure they stay on course and cheering everybody on," said Sharon Davenport, of the Crim Fitness Foundation.
Along with all that running - comes a little eating. The Flint Crepe Company and The Junior League of Flint's Kids in the Kitchen program will handle the menu.
"They come in and they do a healthy snack, they do face painting and show them what to do for healthy eating and physical activity," Davenport said.
As an added bonus to help keep kids on track, the Crim staff learned this week that they've earned a $20,000 grant from Dick's Sporting Goods. That money will be used to support the Crim's summer running clubs.
"It's amazing. It's actually going to sustain our programs through 2015, which has never happened before, and it'll help bring some sports-based youth development programs to children over the summer," Lamb said.
Our own Angie Hendershot and Matt Franklin will be hosting Saturday's Crim Kids Classic.
For a schedule of events or to register, click HERE.