Same man wins River Bank Run 5K, 10K

Alan Peterson wins the Fifth Third River Bank Run 5K. (May 9, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It was a busy and productive morning for Alan Peterson.

He won both the 5K and the 10K at this year’s Fifth Third River Bank Run.

Peterson, 23 finished the 5K with a time of 15:11, which works out to an average 4.52 minute-mile.

Peterson had a strong lead coming into the finish line. He said he was behind, but then managed to catch up and pass the leader.

Only about an hour after he won the 5K, he crossed the finish line to win the 10K with a time of 31:19. That works out to an average 5.02 minute/mile.

“It was pretty tough,” Peterson told 24 Hour News 8 after the winning the 10K. “I knew it was going to be hard after running the 5K, but I just stuck in there and thankfully I was able to come out with a win.”

He said that after winning the 5K, his strategy for the 10K was to conserve energy during the first part of the race. The rain, he said, hurt him a little because he shoes were so wet.

Winning both races means Peterson will take home $1,000.

“Pretty happy. That was my goal today,” Peterson said. “I’m always appreciative. I want to thank Fifth Third and all the volunteers and everybody else for putting on a great run.”

Peterson, of Ironwood, Mich., is an All-American from Grand Valley State University.

Dathan Ritizenhein, a three-time Olympian and the top American finisher at this year’s Boston Marathon who provided race analysis for 24 Hour News at the River Bank Run, said Peterson is training for the Grandma’s Half Marathon in Duluth, Minn., where he hopes to qualify for the Olympic Trials.


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