3 major changes announced for this year’s Crim Festival of Races

Published: Jun. 13, 2017 at 12:02 PM EDT
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(06/13/17) - Three major changes are in store for this summer's Crim Festival of Races.

We'll start with the course. Dredging of the Flint River happening downtown will alter the 10 mile route just a bit. That race is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26.

The Crim 10 mile will still begin at its usual spot on the bricks of Saginaw Street near the Riverfront, but a major engineering project on the University of Michigan-Flint's campus will shift the course away from Boulevard Drive.

Runners will be back on the familiar Crim course by the second mile mark.

As for the Michigan Mile on Friday night, Aug. 25, the start and finish will now happen at Willson Park. That's across from the Farmers' Market, with a route containing fewer hills and turns.

As for change number three, there is a big push to bring elite runners from around the world back to the Crim after last year's prize money was instead allocated to pay for Flint residents to run the Crim for free.

This year, prize money is back in play for both international racers, as well as the top five Michigan men and top five Michigan women finishers.

Also announced Tuesday - the Crim Campus Challenge, a program designed for UM-Flint, Kettering, Michigan State and Mott students to run the Crim while raising money for academic and athletic scholarships along the way.