Crim Festival of Races kicks off Friday

It's a big weekend that all got started Friday night.

Before thousands of runners take to the courses Saturday for the decades-old Crim Festival of Races, Friday Special Olympic athletes had the chance to shine.

Dozens of Special Olympians took part in the event as they were cheered on Friday night.

The Crim began its Special Olympics race in 2000.

Meantime, runners fueled up on carbohydrates for the races slated for Saturday.

The Crim Pasta Party was armed with loads of pasta and salad for runners and family members.

They expected to feed more than 600 people.

All of the proceeds from the dinner go to the Shelter of Flint.

"The benefits that the crim bring into the community are just innumerable," said Liz Ruediger, Shelter of Flint.

Race Schedule:

7:30a.m.: 10-mile run

8:00a.m.: 10-mile walk

9:00a.m.: 8k run

9:10a.m.: 8k walk

9:40a.m.: 5k family run/walk

Noon: Teddy Bear Trot