Gold medalist, Crim founder look forward to 42nd HAP Crim Festival of Races

Published: Aug. 23, 2018 at 6:59 PM EDT
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(08/23/18) - Each year the HAP Crim Festival of Races brings extraordinary athletes to Flint, and this year is no exception!

1964 Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills talked about his love of running and the need for people to come together now more than ever.

"We need to come together as a country. This community comes together through a run, but we need to go and we need to start teaching our young people the footprints of the past. We cannot let them be washed away by the winds of change," Mills said.

Mills is a track and field star who overcame a lot of adversity to succeed. He's now helping others through the Running Strong for American Indian Youth program.

"He is the only American to have won the Olympic gold in the 10,000 meter. He did it back in 1964," said race director Andy Younger.

Mills won't be running and of the events, but he will be at the start of the 10-mile Saturday morning and Michigan Mile race Friday.

Eager race participants filed into the Riverfront Conference Center in downtown Flint for the Health & Fitness Expo Thursday, which continued until 8 p.m.

Earlier in the day ABC12 had the chance to chat with founder Bobby Crim the man who made all of this possible.

The nearly 87-year-old Crim said he's excited to participate in this year's race.

"I'm feeling good. I feel a little bad about not being able to run the 10 mile but I feel good that my medication is taking care of my medical problem. It's just costing me some stamina so I'll be running the 5 mile," Crim said.

The expo tomorrow starts again Friday at 11 a.m.

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