FLINT (WJRT) - (08/25/17) - The Crim Festival of Races is going back to school with a new college town initiative.
"The Crim Campus Challenge is recognizing all of our awesome universities here in Flint. People, for $5, can buy a bib to put on their back and they can represent their university. UM-Flint, MSU, Kettering and Mott," said Crim Race Director Andy Younger.
Proceeds from Campus Challenge bib sales will go right back into each school's scholarship and student activity fund.
"It's great for the students. It can help lower any cost for them of taking out student loans. It gives them the opportunity for them to continue pursuing their education," said Stephanie Kile, a financial aid adviser at Mott Community College.
"A lot of students have to take out these huge student loans. Kettering, unlike other colleges here, does have the co-op program, which helps, but at the same time, it's a great opportunity," said Kettering University student Andrew Brandt.
As downtown continues to evolve into a college town, the Crim Fitness Foundation has seen more and more students volunteering to help make the Crim race weekend a success.
"We get so much support from all of the universities. The Crim doesn't happen without support from the every one of our campuses here in town," Younger said.
The Crim plans to take the average finishing times of every university participant in order to declare a campus champion.
"We're going to be the best college out there on the track. We'll beat every other college out there. It'll be awesome," said Kettering student Charles Mancino.