By Mike Staley
Winter is over and the weather is warming up in West Michigan and that means it’s once again time for the annual Fifth Third River Bank Run in Grand Rapids.
The United States’ largest 25K road race is scheduled to be run for the 41st time on Sat., May 12 at 8:30 a.m. The race will start at Monroe Avenue and Lyon Street and finish at Ottawa Avenue and Lyon Street.
Scott Stenstrom, the race director and regional marketing manager at Fifth Third, addressed what this race means to the city.
“For more that 40 years, Fifth Third has proudly supported this road race every second Saturday in May – from inception, to growth in participation, to supporting important charitable causes,” Stenstrom said in a press release. “Since 1978, more than $40 million has been contributed back to our community.”
More than 16,000 people are expected to participate in the events that include a 5K run, a 10K run, a 25K handcycle race, a 25K wheelchair race, a 5K community walk and the main event, the 25K run. The maps for all the different races can be viewed here.
Registration is currently open and late registration will be available on Fri., May 11 at the Sports and Fitness Expo at DeVos Place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Registration can also be done online by clicking here. The fees to sign up can be seen here. Event check-in is on Fri., May 11 also at the Sports and Fitness Expo from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the morning of the race beginning at 6 a.m.
The race will feature 14 different age group categories with the top five finishers in each age group receiving a prize. All awards will be mailed within 21 business days following the event.