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Crim runner completing 10 mile runs each day of virtual Crim

Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 12:43 PM EDT
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As the virtual Crim continues, many of us are trying to reach that goal of completing 10 miles. But ABC12's Christina Burkhart has the story of one Mid-Michigan resident who is doing that, and much more.

It feels amazing to cross that finish line, knowing you just ran ten miles - now imagine doing that ten days in a row!

That’s the goal of Brian Caine, who actually started off hating running! Here’s more on how his feelings for the sport changed and how it’s brought him closer to his mom.

“My mom forced me to do cross country as I was headed into middle school,” said Caine. “It was a way for me to just get involved at school and try something new. I really did not want to do it at all.”

Caine joined CC in 6th grade, doing just a couple of races that entire season. But in 7th grade- “I told myself I wanted to do it, just to improve upon last season because I knew what I could be doing, because I sat there and watched a lot of the season as a 6th grader,” Caine said.

By 8th grade he was enjoying running and went from 5k’s to long runs.

“In 2015 I ran my first Crim,” said Caine. “My mom had always talked about it - the Crim is something you’re going to do one day, you’re going to run the ten mile race. And so I ran it one year and I was just like - that was a lot of fun! I want to do this next year!”

And next year, he did! Along with his mom, Roxanne, who had been a runner in college.

“It was something she kind of put on the back burner for a while as me and my brother were growing up,” said Caine. “By forcing me into running, I decided to drag her along with me because I didn’t want to run alone. So ever since, she’s been joining me in a lot of the races I’m doing.”

It’s pushed both of them farther while out for a run.

“We’re stretching our goals far more than we could’ve ever imagined because we’re constantly pushing ourselves to be the best version of ourselves when we cross the finish line,” said Caine.

And it’s brought them closer together.

“It’s been awesome since we’ve gotten to travel a lot of different places to run,” said Caine. “I think it’s just awesome to be able to share those experiences with someone and have something to look forward to also.”

Caine has now run two marathons and sixteen halfs, and this year will be his sixth Crim - putting him on track to become the youngest member of the 30-year club.

“I’m super excited to be a part of it!” said Caine. “I do plan on, no matter where I’m living, to come back to Flint and run the race to make sure I’m continuing that streak and to be a part of that club.”

It won’t be hard to convince him to try to return - his favorite race?

“Oh the Crim!” Caine said. “Hands down! I love the Crim, every single year it just feels like home. The course is absolutely beautiful, I love seeing all of the people on the course, all the energy, there’s really nothing like it.”

Caine’s doing the virtual Crim - EVERY single day of the Crim.

“I’m really missing the 10 mile race so much I was thinking, wouldn’t it be cool to just re-live this experience somehow?” Caine said. “And it was just like, well why don’t I run one every day? And then I put it into perspective - wow that’s 100 miles in ten days, I don’t know if I’m going to do it. But for me running is a chance for me to prove myself wrong. You can put up lofty goals, and I think it’s really hard to try and beat some of those goals, and so that’s why I really wanted to do it.”

His advice for those still on the fence?

“If you’re ever thinking about running the Crim ten mile race just do it!” said Caine. “You’re not going to regret it at all. It doesn’t matter how fast you are, how slow you are, if you walk the entire thing, if you run the entire thing because running is a community. We’re all trying to get to that finish line and share our victory of ten miles!”

Caine is currently studying business at Central Michigan University, majoring in marketing.

His goal is to complete all ten days of running on Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 with each ten mile run coming in under 1:20.

Caine wishes everyone a fun and healthy Crim!

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