Brian and Doris Barkey honored by Boy Scouts for service to community | Flint News – –
The husband and wife couple was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America’s Tall Pine Council for their years of service to the Flint and Genesee County community through their work with the Crim Fitness Foundation.

Brian Barkey, 64, has spent years with the foundation helping train runners — his favorites being those who have never ran before—get ready for the annual ten-mile run in Flint. Doris Barkey, 54, has spent her fair share of time working with the foundation as well, and her husband said one of her best talents was the ability to convince inexperienced runners to give the race a shot.

The Barkeys, who live in Flint along the Crim’s course, insist that the credit does not belong to them alone.

Doris Barkey said she considers the two of them representatives of everyone who works with the Crim.

Brian Barkey agreed, and said the Crim isn’t just about running.

“I think the irony is, the training program we do, it’s really supposed to promote fitness. What it really does is promote (the runners’) outlook when they accomplish something as difficult as the Crim,” he said of working with beginning runners.

“When you see them two or three years later it’s really rewarding to see the changes they’ve made,” he said.

For that, Doris Barkey said it was the Crim who deserved the thanks.

“I think we kind of see this as a way of thanking the Crim,” she said of the ceremony. “We really get too much credit.

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