New events at 5/3 River Bank Run

Race organizers hold press conference on new events at Fifth Third River Bank Run. (April 23, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thousands of people are expected to descend on downtown Grand Rapids in about two weeks for the country’s largest 25K race.

The 37th annual Fifth Third River Bank Run will take place on Saturday, May 10.

At a press conference Wednesday morning, organizers released some new information about the race.

One of the biggest changes is the amount of races runners will be able to participate in this year. Organizers are calling it the “combo run” which means participants can choose to run the 5K and 10K or the 5K and 25K.

There’s also a new party happening downtown for runners and volunteers following the race. After the usual after party at Calder Plaza wraps up at 2 p.m., participants will be able to head over to Buffalo Wild Wings on Ionia Street for the after-after party. Both runners and volunteers will enjoy appetizer specials from 4 to 6 p.m. and the first runners in the door will receive a free beer.

Also new to this year’s Fifth Third River Bank Run is the chance for participants to sign up their dog for the 5K walk. About 100 dogs are registered so far.

Race organizers are keeping a close eye on security, saying it will be tighter than ever.

“Once again we’re asking people not to bring in extra baggage…they’ll be random bag checks,” said race director Kristin Aidif. “They’re asking participants to store their gear at the Fifth Third River Bank Run official gear check and not in a bush.”

If you haven’t registered yet, a registration party is happening Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Pet Supplies Plus located on 3110 28th Street SE in Kentwood.

Those you sign up, will save $5 on an Fifth Third River Bank Run event and the first 53 to visit the table will receive a 2014 yard sign.




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