Crim, Zimpfer Win Greater Lansing Area Race Series

by David Crim

Mid-Michigan race series saw thousands of runners compete

LANSING — Zach Crim of Haslett emerged victorious in the men’s division and Beth Zimpfer of Dimondale captured the women’s title in this year’s Greater Lansing Area Race Series, which consists of twelve races ranging in distance from one-mile to half-marathon. The series has been taking place in mid-Michigan for the past seventeen years and former champions include Michigan State University All-American Eric Stuber and Saginaw Valley State University standout Jerome Reckler. Crim, the grandson of Flint’s Crim Festival of Races founder Bobby Crim, is a former Michigan State University wrestler, while Zimpfer ran track and cross country for Eastern Michigan University.

“There were a lot of talented runners in the field this year and I was fortunate to have some good races and bring home a trophy for my teething daughter to chew on,” Crim said. “I want to thank the organizers and volunteers for putting on some great events that help foster this area’s growing running community and encourage active lifestyles.”

Crim represents Ann Arbor Running Co., a running supply store owned by his former high school cross country coach and Olympic Trials qualifier in the Marathon, Nick Stanko. Zimpfer is a member of the prestigious Playmakers Elite team.

The awards ceremony will take place October 27, 5 p.m. at Lansing Brewing Company. Those interested in learning more about the Greater Lansing Area Race Series can visit their website at