Since 1977 there is a main event that runners from the Flint area look forward to all year long locally known as “The Crim”. The Crim Festival of Races is an annual road running event with several races as well as walking events. The original distance was 10 miles and is the trademark race as “The Crim” with its infamous Bradley Hills and blue line(s) to help keep runners on course through their journey through the streets of Flint. The Crim is always held in August. The Crim draws runners from around the world from countries such as Kenya, Russia, and Ukraine. The race attracts roughly 50,000 people each year. The festival is just one event of the Flint Parade of Festivals.
Since 2005 Back to the Bricks has been an annual car cruise event that attracts many spectators. Back to the Bricks is Genesee County’s version of Woodward Dream Cruise, which takes place in Flint’s “big brother” Detroit. This event is primarily held on Saginaw Street. Many cruisers start at the south end of Saginaw Street in the City of Grand Blanc, and cruise their way up to the brick portion of Saginaw Street; known as the “bricks”, located in the heart of downtown Flint located under the famous arches. This cruise event takes place in early August and lasts from Thursday through Sunday. Many local vendors and business come out to the cruise to show their support as well as to promote their businesses and help bring in spectators to the event.