A homecoming like no other, for Michigan runners, Flint is the quintessential place to be year in and out, the final weekend of August, heat and humidity be darned.
Ann Arbor Track Club member and masters elite, Doug Goodhue, elaborated –
“Crim is one of my favorite races not only because it is a favorite distance, but also because I know I will be competing against the best runners in my age division in the state of Michigan.”
Likewise, running his tenth consecutive Crim, AATC member, Aaron Pratt filled with enthusiasm explained, “Everybody is there; even if you’re not running, well, ya gotta show!”
And show they did. With more than 13,000 registered runners and walkers for the weekend of races, the AATC was well represented in solo and team competition.
AATC Crim 10 Mile Team Coordinator, Ellen Nitz, reported that due to increased interest, the AATC entered three teams in this year’s 10 Mile Team Challenge.
“We have always had two teams, blue and white representing AATC logo colors.”
Ever so fittingly, Nitz added a third “red” team, proudly representing the newest AATC singlets and our nation pride.
Representing the Blue Team along with John Tarkowski, Michael Mester, Tracey Cohen, Jo Darlington, Ann Little and Reed Swanson was Stephanie Christau who ran her very first Crim.
“I loved it!” Christau glowed, taking pride in her new 10 mile personal record and pumped up by the huge crowd of enthusiastic spectators. Stephanie was similarly impressed with the “after party,” directly in reference to the special accommodations given to Team Challenge members in the MLive Media Group/The Flint Journal building, mere footsteps away from race start and finish lines.
Pre and post race perks included gear check, restrooms, air conditioning and an elaborate post race food and beverage spread along with a disc jockey celebrating the morning’s accomplishments which included the second place Team Challenge tie achieved by the AATC White Team members, Eduardo Matsuo, Wally Hayes, Doug Goodhue, Michael Ducharme, Aaron Pratt, Will Swanson and Amy Allison.
Running proud for the AATC Red Team were Dina Shtull, Jackie Mall, Jean Hagen, Mitchell Garner and Tassos Valtadoros.
AATC members were also well represented at the prior evening’s Crim Michigan Mile USATF Championship, always a draw for many of the top masters runners in the USA.
John Tarkowski, Wally Hayes, Aaron Pratt, Eduardo Matsuo and Dave Minier placed second in the men’s 60+ team division, while Paul Carlin, Phillip Kroll, Malcolm Cohen and Jon Desenberg earned third place in the men’s 70+ team division.
So much talent, so much joy, pure camaraderie and opportunity abound, the AATC is Michigan running at its finest, and we encourage you to be a part.
For complete Crim Team Challenge and individual results, please visit http://crim.org and to learn more about the AATC and be a part of next year’s AATC Crim Teams, please visit http://aatrackclub.org