Thousands brave the rain to cheer on runners

Spectators at the John Ball Zoo. (May 9, 2015)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A rainy race day for the 38th Fifth Third River Bank Run didn’t stop spectators from filling the race route.

A crowd of supporters lined the route near John Ball Zoo on Saturday morning.
David Bradford brought his dog to sit in his usual spot to watch the runners.
“It was raining pretty good,” Bradford said. “You know you like to get out and see all of them.”
It’s a favorite spot for many families of 25K runners, camping out just after mile 13 has become a tradition for many of them.
“My dad’s run it 30 some years so we always come to this spot,” Tricia Kragt, a spectator said.
Besides the spectators, the volunteers braved the rain.
Susan Hoffman-Losinger and her husband have helped out on race day for the past 15 years.
“Runners are crazy people,” Hoffman-Losinger said. “I get excited every year.”
Even though it was a rainy race day many fans like Bradford said it was all part of the experience.
“How often do you get to sit out in the rain and let your dog sit in the mud and have some fun?” Bradford said. “It wasn’t bad.”

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