Crim participants who are UM-Flint supporters can display their love for the university during this year's Crim Festival of Races, while also supporting a university scholarship program.
The Crim Campus Challenge allows race participants to buy a second bib for five dollars with their favorite local university's logo displayed, with a significant portion of the fee going to support a program of the university's choosing.
UM-Flint will designate all funds raised from this Challenge for the Chancellor's Scholars Program, which provides scholarship assistance to high achieving and civically engaged students from Genesee County. It is specifically focused on freshmen, transfer students, or students reentering UM-Flint.
"It is an honor to continue our sponsorship with the Crim Fitness Foundation for the 2017 Crim Festival of Races," said Mia McNeil, director of government and community relations at UM-Flint. "This year, we are so pleased that the Crim Foundation, will provide direct support to our Chancellor's Scholars Program through the inaugural Crim Campus Challenge. It truly is a win for the Crim, our runners, and our students."
Crim participants can order the specialized bib when registering for their race, or buy them at the Health and Fitness Expo, which is August 24-26. The races are August 25 and 26.
Race director Andrew Younger of the Crim Fitness Foundation said the new challenge is a fun way to support local universities and to showcase the educational opportunities in the Flint community. Racers participating in the Campus Challenge will be grouped by their university, with divisions in several categories based on gender, age group and run/walk. Universities with the highest average results per division will receive recognition.