2019 HAP Crim Festival of Races Host to Several Record-Breaking Performances
September 6, 2019 - A dozen American age division records and one world record was set in a field that included some of nation's top racers at the 2019 HAP Crim Festival of Races in August.
In what has become a tradition for the country's top masters racers, the Crim's Michigan Mile once again served as the site for USA Track & Field's Masters One Mile Road National Championship. At this year's competition, 12 racers posted times that were faster than currently recognized USATF age division records.
"We are so honored to attract such talent from all around the country," said Crim Race Director Andrew Younger. "We clearly have a very fast mile course, and its reputation is growing. The Masters Mile Championships are some of the most exciting races to watch, since you can see the Start in the Finish within 5 minutes of each other. Then you can race the same mile yourself moments later in our Open Mile!"
One additional racer enjoyed a record-breaking performance along the Crim's famous 10 Mile route as well this year. Jeannie Rice from Ohio set an age division world record for the Ten Mile distance by roughly 3 minutes.
Some of the nation's and world's top professional racers also made it to this year's Crim, many for a repeat performance. Many come back to the Crim year after year for the unparalleled hospitality that the entire community shows.
“Competing in my 5th HAP Crim Festival of races was such an amazing experience," said 2016 Crim champ, Olympian and American Record holder Dathan Ritzenhein. "It has become a staple for me to kick off the fall racing season and this year's race showed me I’m in great shape. I was able to run my second fastest Crim yet and that gives me confidence as I try to make a 4th Olympic Team in a few months. Also for the first time I was able to have my family involved. It was a highlight for me to watch my son run the Mile on Friday night.”
One of the nation's most exciting young racers, Parker Stinson, joined the for the first time and was surprised to see what a great experience the Crim offers its racers.
“I really enjoyed my time in Flint, I felt truly blessed to get to meet Bobby and the rest of the Crim Community," said Parker. "What is happening at the Crim and the entire Fitness Foundation is something to be very proud of. Although I had a tough one out there on race day I am proud to have the Crim Experience be a big part of my journey.”
Nearly 12,000 registered racers and 40,000 people in total came to celebrate and support racers at the this year's Crim.
"Our whole community takes so much pride in the Crim, because it truly belongs to all of us," said Younger. "It takes thousands of volunteers, dozens of business partners, and city employees who put in hours of overtime to make the event a success. We have such gratitude for everyone who makes this the greatest day of the year for the greater Flint community, year after year."