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Fifth Third River Bank Run

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

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.

The Fifth Third River Bank Run will celebrate 41 years of road running on Saturday, May 12, 2018. 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.

Consistently ranked as one of the premier road racing events in the United States, the Fifth Third 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
Race Date: 05/12/2018 Distance: 25k
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 1:14:51 Sam Chelanga 33 Colorado Springs, CO
2nd Male 1:14:55 Scott Fauble 26 Flagstaff, AZ
3rd Male 1:15:14 Abinet Adraro 31 Albuquerque, NM
4th Male 1:15:23 Tyler McCandless 31 Boulder, CO
Female 1:25:34 Aliphine Tuliamuk 29 Flagstaff, AZ
2nd Female 1:25:55 Emma Bates 25 Boise, ID
3rd Female 1:27:02 Sarah Crouch 28 Flagstaff, AZ
4th Female 1:29:03 Belainesh Gebre 30 Flagstaff, AZ
Division Time Name Age Home
M 40-49 1:26:41 Olivier Vrambout 44 Bayport, MN
M 50-59 1:35:33 Scot Ursum 50 Grandville, MI
M 60-69 1:47:02 Bruce Spoelman 61 Grand Haven, MI
M 70+ 1:59:23 Robert McConnell 71 Stanton, MI
F 40-49 1:40:12 Jennifer Bayliss 47 San Ramon, CA
F 50-59 1:53:23 Beth Ciangi 53 Lowell, MI
F 60-69 2:03:52 victoria crisp 65 Nashville, TN
Fifth Third River Bank Run

Celebrate with other Fifth Third River Bank Run participants, friends, family and volunteers at the Finish Fest on Calder Plaza from 7:30a to 2p with concession sales, beverages, live shots of the finish line on a large screen and live music!

All event participants will receive one ticket for a beer (Perrin Brewing Company, Budweiser or Mich Ultra). Pepsi products or Ice Mountain water.

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