Paying To Run

Do you remember signing up for your first race? For Erica Crawford, it was the Crim in 2005.   “The Crim was the first race I ever ran,” recalls Erica. “It was the summer of 2005.” Erica had been a casual runner for only a few years. ‘Never more than 3-5 miles at a time […]

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Running For His Life

 In 2005, at the age of 52, Clinton Cunningham was diagnosed with a life-threatening choroidal cancer of his right eye — a tumor the size of a grape which required surgery to remove the eye.  At the same, Clint and his wife were taking care of his mom, just having had a massive stroke, requiring […]

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Running Cures More Than Physical Health

It was back in the early ‘80s when Michael Bowen was working all of the overtime possible at the old Fisher-1 plant on South Saginaw St. in Flint. He noticed a few co-workers jogging every day during breaks and thought they were weird. On his lunch break, he would take a quick motorcycle ride to […]

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Running the Crim – Because She Can!

The story of how Anne Maxwell beat cancer and went on to run the Crim At the age of 24, Anne Maxwell heard the words that no young person expects and all of us dread–you have cancer. Anne had been having pain in her right leg for months. Steroid shots didn’t work. Finally, a scan […]

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Maggie Miller Guides Students From Kindergarten to Graduation

Crowded school hallways filled with students laughing, shouting, and the sound of old metal locker doors slamming make Maggie Miller feel right at home. Maggie, an AmeriCorps service member at Flint Southwestern Academy, began her journey in education in 1981 as a paraprofessional. She never imagined she would return after retirement as an AmeriCorps member […]

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Mindfulness — A Sense of Calm at Durant Tuuri Mott Elementary

Students like Antonio, a 5th grader at Durant Tuuri Mott Elementary School (DTM), are finding focus, comfort, and space to grow through the practice of mindfulness. Watch this video to hear from Antonio and DTM Math and Literacy Intervention Specialist, Jennifer Purman on the benefits of mindfulness in Flint schools. In addition to physical activity and […]

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Edna Sabucco Plants Seeds of Hope

A walk through Edna Sabucco’s neighborhood on the east side of Flint is not unlike others – children riding bikes, neighbors raking leaves and the occasional vacant lot. Now, it will include the smell of fresh fruit. Edna and the Eastside Franklin Park Neighborhood Association spent the last two years working to transform nine vacant lots […]

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Psalm Bingham is Inspiring Flint Kids to Live Healthy

Inspiring students to be more active and eat healthy sounds like a dream job to many of us. To Psalm Bingham, coach and nutrition coordinator at the Crim Fitness Foundation, it’s part of what she does every day. Psalm coaches cheerleading, basketball, volleyball and other sports as well as teaches nutrition to K-5 students at […]

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Walking to School Brings Sense of Community

For thousands of children right here in our community, walking and biking to school isn’t as simple — or safe — as it once was. But Freeman Elementary School parent Becca Robertson is working hard to change that. Becca, known as Ms Becca in the neighborhood, works with the Crim Fitness Foundation’s Safe Routes to School […]

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Jim Wilcox — Making the Crim Experience Even Better

Jim Wilcox ran his first Crim 10 mile race 24 years ago when he was just 14. And by this high school math teacher’s calculation, when he reaches his 30th race, he will be the youngest member of the 30-year club. But it’s not just Jim’s history with the Crim that is so remarkable, it’s […]

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