Crim Festival of Races makes changes in response to Flint's water crisis

Aug 26, 2016

More than 15,000 people will be tying on their running shoes tonight and tomorrow in Flint.   

This is the 40th anniversary of the Crim Festival of Races.

But this year’s event will be a little different.  

In response to the city’s water crisis, race organizers redirected nearly $40,000 in prize money for race winners to create free race entries for city residents.

Crim race director Andrew Younger says organizers want to use the festival to promote healthier lifestyles, especially for those directed affected by the water crisis.

“The three main things you can do if you have been exposed to lead is be more physically active, control your nutrition and focus on foods high in Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron,” says Younger.

Younger says nearly 2,000 Flint residents are taking advantage of the race scholarships this year.