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Amway River Bank Run

Saturday May 11th, 2019
Grand Rapids, MI
Distance: 25k

In 2019 the race transitions names to the Amway River Bank Run presented by Fifth Third Bank and Spectrum Health as the Official Health Partner. The Amway River Bank Run presented by Fifth Third Bank with Spectrum Health the Official Health Partner will celebrate 42 years of road running on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

More than 17,000 people are expected to compete in the event which features the largest 25K road race in the country and offers the only 25K Wheelchair racing division in the world along with a 25K Handcycle division. The USA 25 km Open Championships will run concurrently with the 25K event.

In addition to the 25K, participants can choose from the 25K Relay, 10K Run, 5K Run, Team Competition, 5K Community Walk and River Bank Run Junior Wednesday, May 8. Consistently ranked as one of the premier road racing events in the United States, the Amway River Bank Run is the site of the Men’s 25K American record (1:14:18; 2013/2014); Women’s 25K American record (1:24:36; 2012) and former Men’s 25K World record (1998). The 25K has been the site of the USA 25 km Open Championships since 1995.

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Bob Anderson
"This is the largest and best 25k (15.5 miles) race in the country. They offer over $100,000 in prize money too!," says Bob Anderson
Joann Karpowicz
I paced a slower runner last year. Course was great ! Support staff was on point!
Gary Kowalczyk
I love the River bank run 25k in Grand Rapids Michigan. I have done just about every year missed 3 out of 40 some. It is very very cool to see how the race gets better and better every year.
Race Date: 05/11/2019 Distance: 25k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 1:13:46 Parker Stinson 27 Boulder, CO
2nd Male 1:15:03 Scott Smith 32 Flagstaff, AZ
3rd Male 1:15:36 Kiya Dandena 30 Flagstaff, AZ
4th Male 1:15:43 Tyler McCandless 33 Boulder, CO
Female 1:23:49 Emma Bates 26 Boise, ID
2nd Female 1:25:32 Sarah Hall 36 Flagstaff, AZ
3rd Female 1:27:27 Molly Bookmayer 28 Columbus,OH
4th Female 1:27:30 Molly Brabill 26 Boulder, CO
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 1:21:07 Wilson Chemweno 40 Davenport, IA
M 50-59 1:33:41 Scot Ursum 51 Grandville, MI
M 60-69 1:43:03 Joseph Reda 65 De Forest, MI
M 70+ 1:58:02 Robert McConnell 72 Stanton, MI
F 40-49 1:36:10 Dot McMahan 42 Rochester, MI
F 50-59 1:42:55 Kalayakorn Bogaert 50 North Aurora, IL
F 60-69 2:16:56 Francine Robinson 61 Comstock, Park, MI
F 70+ 1:42:35 Phetsomphone Sayasane 75 Elgin, IL
Amway River Bank Run

More than 18,000 people are expected to participate in race day events including a 25K Relay, 25K Handcycle and Wheelchair Division, 10K, 5K Run and 5K Community Walk.

The largest 25K in the country, the USATF certified loop course starts in downtown Grand Rapids on Monroe Avenue at Lyon Street and heads south, leaving the city to weave through parks and along the Grand River before finishing back downtown.

When Frank Cashman from the Grand Rapids Track Club approached Marty Allen, then Marketing Director for Old Kent Bank, in the mid 1970s about initiating a local road race, Allen was intrigued.

Cashman worked out what he felt was the perfect distance, a 25K that started and finished in downtown Grand Rapids and Allen pledged the funding. In 1978, just over 1,000 runners took to the streets on the second Saturday of May for the first annual Old Kent River Bank Run.

In 2001, Old Kent Bank merged with Fifth Third Bank, and the event was renamed to showcase its new owner. With the transition of race ownership in 2018 to Riverbank Events and Media , a group of leading community partners came together including Amway, Fifth Third Bank and Spectrum Health to insure the race will continue for many years to follow on the second Saturday in May in downtown Grand Rapids.

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