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Major changes are coming to the CRIM festival of races

Major changes are coming to the CRIM festival of races

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(06/26/14) - Runners, walkers, and wheelers who plan to participate in the Health Plus Crim Festival of Races in August will notice some major changes this year.
          
People have just under two months to train.

Runners and walkers are training for  Flint's largest celebration of health and fitness.
     
The Health Plus Crim Festival of races attracts people from all across the country.

This year comes with some new opportunities. For the first time ever, the 10 mile racers will be limited to 10, 000 walkers and runners.
    
Race director Andrew Younger doesn't think this is going to prevent anyone from being able to register.

"We were pretty close to 10,000 last year.  We realized based on the start and the finish area and certain sections in the course that if we have many more, it's just going to get a little congested and we really want all the races to really be able to run their best Crim," he said.

Runners can also expect  new discounts if they register for more than one event.
     
In order to accommodate that, they're pushing back the 5k and 8k by 30 minutes.
     
When they make it to the finish line, they'll have a new way to show off their accomplishments.

"We've actually designed the 10 mile metal, the 8k medal and the 5k medal so that not only do they look great on their own but the 8k and 5k medals will fit and nest very neatly inside the 10 mile medals," Younger said.

Another exciting change is that Crim will host USATF Masters one mile Road National Championship.
     
That means that hundreds of athletes will travel from all across the country to Flint to compete in the one-mile national championship.
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