GENESEE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) -
(07/09/14) - The Crim's new Grassroots Race series is taking the Fitness Foundation to a place it's never been before - Crossroads Village in Genesee Township.
"This is a pretty big deal. We've been partners with the Crim for over 10 years, but this is a new extension of our partnership, so we're really excited about it," said Amy McMillan, Genesee County Parks director.
Thursday night's Huckleberry Hustle is an off-road 5k run and walk that begins right on the train tracks.
"It's like your running shoes and walking shoes become a time machine as you go through the village and you get to enjoy all the streets and historic parts of crossroads village," said Andy Younger, Crim Race director.
The course also travels along the Genesee County Parks' trails, outside the village.
"While running it, I've seen turkey and deer. It's just a lot of fun. At the end, the big payoff is you get to ride either on the Crossroads Village's famous carousel or their ferris wheel," Younger said.
A second race has been designed specifically for kids.
"There's the Little Berry Dash, and that's just a quarter mile down Crossroads Main Street, and kids as they're running and walking will be able to pick up little trinkets and fun stuff along the way," Younger said.
While it's the Crim's first time overseeing the Hustle, the event is actually in it's eleventh year.
"Its become a great tradition for a lot of runners, particularly those who are training for the Crim this summer," McMillan said.
The Genesee County Parks department hopes the Hustle will lead to even more projects with the Crim down the road.
"The county parks are all about health and fitness and being outdoors, and that matches perfectly with the Crim's goals for the community," McMillan said.
The Huckleberry Hustle begins Thursday night at 5:30.