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Grand Blanc police officer says the Crim changed his life

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FLINT (WJRT) -  (08/20/14) - Friday, some participants will start competing in the HealthPlus Crim Festival of Races.

The big 10 mile event is Saturday.

One man who will run on these bricks says the Crim helped change his life.

"I've battled weight problems my entire life," said Thomas Whitt.

By looking at Whitt, a Grand Blanc Police officer now, you'd never know he once weighed nearly 400 pounds. That was until he started running two years ago.

"I was 380 pounds when I started and I couldn't hardly walk or run a block," he said.

Wednesday morning at a news conference for the Health Plus Crim Festival of Races, Whitt told a room full of listeners he was determined to change.

"I started out slow, and I just gradually increased. I used some of the apps on my phone to set goals," he said.

Five months after he started the mission to change his life, Whitt ran his first 5K. Later, he ran a four mile race and that same year, he crossed the finish line of the Crim 10 mile race.

This year he plans to do it again.

"This will be my third Crim race and it really has changed my life," he said.

Crim organizers say that's the exact goal of the races.

"Without it, I don't think quite as many people would be committed to running and walking," said race director Andy Younger.

Whitt hopes his story inspires others to lace up and push themselves toward a healthier lifestyle.

"If I can help inspire someone to get out and to do something that's going to change their life, that's why I'm here," he said.

It's not to late to register for the races - in fact, you can do it on race day. To register, click HERE.
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