GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly 17,000 people had registered for the Fifth Third River Bank Run when online registration closed Monday, race organizers say.
There were 16,892 people signed up for the Saturday race as of 11:59 p.m. Monday, according to the River Bank Run.
That’s fewer than May 6, 2013, when there were 18,320 registrants.
Race Director Kristen Aidif said in a Tuesday email the lower figures could be due to recent cold and windy weather, which may have discouraged people from committing to the race. Aidif said organizers expect to see a spike in late registrations due to a pleasant forecast for Saturday.
Late registrations will be accepted between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday at the Sports & Fitness Expo at DeVos Place on Monroe Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted, according to the River Bank Run’s website.
Last year, though about 18,000 were registered on May 6, 21,228 people actually participated in the River Bank Run.
Of the people registered for this Saturday’s race, 6,427 signed up to run the 25K — a nearly .6% increase from last year. 3,876 will run the 10K; 2,971 will run the 5K; and 1,711 will walk the 5K.
There were also 600 people signed up for the Wednesday junior race. That’s a significant increase over the same time last year, when there were only 86 people registered for that event.