Exciting Updates Announced for 42nd HAP Crim Festival of Races

Exciting Updates Announced for 42nd HAP Crim Festival of Races

Crim Fitness Foundation Announces Updates to 42nd HAP Crim Festival of Races, Including New 5K & 5-Mile Courses, Flint Homecoming, and Growth of the Crim Campus Challenge

(Flint, Michigan) - The 2018 HAP Crim Festival of Races will feature enhanced experiences with its new 5K and 5-Mile (formerly 8K) race courses, expansion of its increasingly popular Campus Challenge, and the first year of Crim week being Flint's official Homecoming Week.

With so many people traveling from outside Genesee County to participate in the Crim each August, the Festival has become Flint's greatest attraction, and the area's best opportunity to showcase all that the area has to offer. With this in mind, race organizers have partnered with the Flint & Genesee Convention & Visitors Bureau to not only capitalize on the influx of visitors, but to highlight the many positive cultural, culinary and business features in the city and county.

"The Crim is no doubt Flint's greatest celebration each year," said Andrew Younger, Crim Race Director. "We want participants to come away with great memories of the race and their entire experience. There is so much for people to enjoy in addition to the race while they're here. Once they make plans and see what there is, they'll have even more reason to make running and walking in the Crim an annual tradition in their family."

Year over year, about half of Crim racers come from outside of Genesee County. This year, more events and attractions than ever are planned around Crim weekend, which is August 24 and 25. Residents and guests alike will be able to enjoy alumni events at area universities, cultural center events, restaurant specials, and an expanded Gridiron Classic - the growing high school football series at Atwood Stadium.

"Everyone who participates in the Crim is part of our family," continued Younger. "This year we're inviting everyone to do what many racers have been doing for years: come home to the Crim."

Other new features planned for the 2018 HAP Crim Festival of Races include an expanded Crim Campus Challenge with more participating state universities. In addition, the 5K race will follow a new course, and the 8K race not only has a new course, but will now be the 5-Mile race. Only 52-yards longer than the previous 8K course, this new 5-Mile race will be a true "Half-Crim," as it was originally intended.

For more information on Crim events and to register, visit www.crim.org.

Media contact: Andrew Younger, Race Director, Crim Fitness Foundation 810-235-3579; [email protected]

The Crim Fitness Foundation cultivates accessible, vibrant communities in Flint and Genesee County that encourage people to lead healthy lifestyles by integrating physical activity, healthy eating, and mindfulness into their daily lives and mentors other communities to do the same. The Crim uses events, programs, and policy, systems, and environmental changes to transform the community. Year round programs include races and events, training programs, mindfulness training for youth and adults, community gardens, nutrition education and advocacy. In addition, the Crim serves as the lead agency of Flint's Community Education Initiative.###