Update on 2021 HAP Crim Festival of Races

Update on 2021 HAP Crim Festival of Races

The Crim Fitness Foundation Board of Directors has voted to begin planning both a virtual and in-person HAP Crim Festival of Races to take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021.

The Crim Race Team is continuing to work on a race proposal that incorporates several key strategies to keep the event safe and in compliance with MDHHS, State Governor’s Office, Genesee County Health Department, and COVID guidelines and gathering restrictions.

“We know in the future we will be able to host the historic HAP Crim Festival of Races that you are used to, which brings the Greater Flint community together to celebrate health and wellness,” said Board Chairperson Mark Yonan.

“This year we will need to make some changes in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants.”

Key strategies in the proposed 2021 HAP Crim Festival of Races include:

- Focus on in-person race along the historic Crim courses
- Capped registration, as set by the most current MDHHS gathering restrictions
- Racers will be selected for participation based on a random lottery system
- Adopting a rolling start, where participants report to assigned
- Start Time Slots that are also capped
- Masks to be required in the Start and Finish areas, before racers start their race and immediately after they finish
- There will be no race expo or post-race festival

“We know that a safe race will require that people do not congregate before, during or after each race,” said Joe Dimambro, Crim Director of Races & Training. A two-hour “rolling start” window for the 10 Mile race will allow racers to arrive at a designated time and immediately begin their race. Dynamic bibs will activate each individual’s start time. Plans are to have the 10 Mile, 5 Mile, 5K and 1 Mile race all on Saturday morning. In order to prioritize space for our local community, there will be no elites or USATF Masters Championship events. “COVID safety protocols will be ever changing until the day of the race,” Dimambro added, “so we will continue to be in communication with Governor Whitmer’s Office of Community Affairs as well as the Genesee County Health Department, which ultimately will have to sign off on the races.”

Barricades will define the Start/Finish restricted area from the Saginaw Street bridge to Second Street, with racers entering and exiting from Kearsley Street. All participants will be required to wear masks within the restricted area until they cross the Start Line and upon finishing their race. Medals and finish line food will be delivered in packets as racers exit the Finish area.

The Crim Fitness Foundation will continue to offer a virtual race experience, with the 2021 HAP Virtual Crim taking place during our “10 Days of Crim” this August 19 - 28. More information on the HAP Virtual Crim will also be shared in the near future.

As the Crim Race Team continues to work toward an in-person HAP Crim Festival of Races, we will keep our community updated. We are working with the Genesee County Health Department and other officials, and will be monitoring public health conditions as they develop over the spring and summer. For now, registration will remain closed. More information on registration and the lottery system will be shared soon.

In the event that in-person races become prohibited by local health regulations, registered racers will have the option to transfer their registration to the HAP Virtual Crim or defer their registration to 2022.

Make sure you stay up to date by looking out for future Crim emails and following us on Facebook.

Keep fit, stay healthy, and we look forward to seeing you on the bricks!