Fifth Third River Bank Run
|Fifth Third River Bank Run|
|Location||Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States|
|Distance||5K, 10K, 25K|
The Fifth Third River Bank Run is an annual road running race hosted by the U.S. city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the month of May. The race was first held in 1978 as the Old Kent River Bank Run and continued under that name until 2000, when its name was changed to the Fifth Third River Bank Run.
Today draws over 22,000 participants from around the world; it features the largest 25K road race in the country, and is the site for the USA 25 km Open and Masters Championships; the event also features the only 25K Wheelchair Racing division in the world.
The USA 25 km Open and Masters Championships is open to U.S. citizens 14 years of age or older as of race day. The course is a USATF certified loop course which starts in downtown Grand Rapids and leaves the city going south, taking the runners through parks and along the Grand River before finishing back downtown.
Race within the race
2015 saw the introduction of the "race within the race" for the 25K. The Elite and USATF women are given an 11 minute, 30 second head start over the men. The first person to cross the finish line wins an additional prize.
The Wheel/Handcycle Division follows the same course as the 25K run. Eligible participants have a physical disability which prohibits them from running the event. Race organizers state, "The race is for competitive cyclist only, this division is not designed for leisure racing."
This race is open to participants of any age who feel they can safely finish the race. The course is a USATF certified loop course which heads southwest from downtown Grand Rapids to John Ball Park and returns downtown to finish.
This race is open to participants of any age who feel they can safely finish the race. The participants follow the same course as the 5K run; they are not timed and awards are not given out.
Fifth Third Junior event takes place the Wednesday before the main event at Rogers High School in Wyoming, Michigan. More than 1,700 kids between the ages of 5-13 participate in the 1/2 mile and 1 mile fun runs and 5K Run.
Classes and divisions
Participants in the 25K, 10K, and 5K runs may choose to register in the Clydesdale Division, which divides them into either Class A or Class B by weight. Trophies for each race awarded to the top performers in each weight class in each division. Medals are awarded to the top three performers in each weight class in each division.
|Class A||Class B|
|Men||185-199 lbs||200+ lbs|
|Women||145-154 lbs||155+ lbs|
Participants in each race are divided into male and female divisions based on age: 13 and under (not available in 25K), 14-19, 20-24, 25-29,30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+. The number of awards is three deep in each age division though some 25K divisions may issue fewer due to a reduced number of participants.
The primary sponsor on the event is Fifth Third Bank. The race was originally sponsored by Old Kent Bank and was held under the title "The Old Kent River Bank Run". When Old Kent Bank was acquired by Fifth Third bank in 2000 the name of the race changed but sponsorship was uninterrupted. A local rehabilitation center, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital provides sponsorship for the Wheelchair and Handchair Divisions. Other sponsors include Metro Health Hospital, Gatorade, Pepsi, Gazelle Sports, Comcast, Meijer, and others.
Past 25K winners
Key: Course record United States championship race Short course Race within the race winner
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|1st||1978||Bill Rodgers (USA)||1:17:24||Diane Culp (USA)||1:42:09|
|2nd||1979||Greg Meyer (USA)||1:14:29||Cheryl Bridges (USA)||1:36:39|
|3rd||1980||Greg Meyer (USA)||1:16:02||Karen Blackford (USA)||1:37:46|
|4th||1981||Herb Lindsay (USA)||1:14:09||Joan Samuelson (USA)||1:26:21|
|5th||1982||Greg Meyer (USA)||1:15:00||Joan Samuelson (USA)||1:26:31|
|6th||1983||Greg Meyer (USA)||1:16:49||Jeanne Lasee (USA)||1:31:08|
|7th||1984||Doug Kurtis (USA)||1:17:56||Diane Gentry (USA)||1:32:18|
|8th||1985||Greg Meyer (USA)||1:16:58||Joan Samuelson (USA)||1:27:25|
|9th||1986||Greg Meyer (USA)||1:16:38||Joan Samuelson (USA)||1:24:43|
|10th||1987||Greg Meyer (USA)||1:16:12||Diane Gentry (USA)||1:28:17|
|11th||1988||Mark Smith (USA)||1:15:56||Diane Gentry (USA)||1:28:39|
|12th||1989||Brian Sheriff (ZIM)||1:16:34||Diane Gentry (USA)||1:25:34|
|13th||1990||Brian Sheriff (ZIM)||1:15:26||Diane Gentry (USA)||1:27:02|
|14th||1991||Mark Plaatjes (RSA)||1:15:31||Márcia Narloch (BRA)||1:28:29|
|15th||1992||Bill Reifsnyder (USA)||1:14:47||Olga Appell (MEX)||1:26:47|
|16th||1993||Jerry Lawson (USA)||1:16:06||Olga Appell (MEX)||1:27:27|
|17th||1994||Simon Karori (KEN)||1:15:01||Olga Appell (USA)||1:25:26|
|18th||1995||Keith Brantly (USA)||1:15:20||Elaine Van Blunk (USA)||1:27:14|
|19th||1996||Alfredo Vigueras (USA)||1:15:21||Jane Welzel (USA)||1:29:47|
|20th||1997||John Kagwe (KEN)||1:15:21||Kim Jones (USA)||1:26:54|
|21st||1998||Joseph Kariuki (KEN)||1:13:55||Margaret Kagiri (KEN)||1:28:46|
|22nd||1999||Joseph Kariuki (KEN)||1:14:09||Teresa Wanjiku (KEN)||1:26:51|
|23rd||2000||Joseph Kariuki (KEN)||1:16:26||Svetlana Zakharova (RUS)||1:27:35|
|24th||2001||John Kagwe (KEN)||1:14:06||Svetlana Zakharova (RUS)||1:24:39|
|25th||2002||Ronald Mogaka (KEN)||1:13:56||Teresa Wanjiku (KEN)||1:26:57|
|26th||2003||Dan Browne (USA)||1:16:13||Albina Ivanova (RUS)||1:27:28|
|27th||2004||Simon Wangai (KEN)||1:15:16||Alevtina Ivanova (RUS)||1:26:39|
|28th||2005||Simon Wangai (KEN)||1:13:27||Colleen De Reuck (USA)||1:25:15|
|29th||2006||Fernando Cabada (USA)||1:14:21||Viktoriya Klimina (RUS)||1:27:47|
|30th||2007||Julius Kibet Kosgei (KEN)||1:14:25||Katie McGregor (USA)||1:25:54|
|31st||2008||Brian Sell (USA)||1:15:07||Caroline Chepkorir Kwambai (KEN)||1:29:32|
|32nd||2009||Isaac Kemboi Kimaiyo (KEN)||1:15:36||Genoveva Kigen (KEN)||1:27:16|
|33rd||2010||Andrew Carlson (USA)||1:14:42||Firehiwot Dado (ETH)||1:23:46|
|34th||2011||Fernando Cabada (USA)||1:15:41||Molly Pritz (USA)||1:25:38|
|35th||2012||Robert Kiprotich Letting (KEN)||1:15:10||Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (USA)||1:24:36|
|36th||2013||Julius Kipyego Keter (KEN)||1:14:07||Chemutai Rionotukei (KEN)||1:25:45|
|37th||2014||Samson Gebreyohanes Gezahai (ERI)||1:14:08||Kellyn Johnson (USA)||1:25:26|
|38th||2015||Jared Ward (USA)||1:14:45||Lindsey Scherf (USA)||1:26:35|
|39th||2016||Christo Landry (USA)||1:15:31||Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton (USA)||1:25:35|
- "Fifth Third Bank's Commitment" (PDF). Fifth Third River Bank Run. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
- "Race Week Schedule of Events" (PDF). Fifth Third River Bank Run. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
- "25K Run". Fifth Third River Bank Run. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
- "Woman first to finish 5/3 River Bank Run 25K". WOOD TV8. 2016-05-14. Retrieved 2016-05-16.
- "Wheel/Handcycle". Fifth Third River Bank Run. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- "10K Map" (PDF). Fifth Third River Bank Run. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
- "5K Map" (PDF). Fifth Third River Bank Run. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
- "5K Walk". Fifth Third River Bank Run. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
- "Junior Event". Fifth Third River Bank Run. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
- "GUILD CONTINUES TO SUPPORT WHEELCHAIR AND HANDCYCLE DIVISIONS" (PDF). Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Guild. Retrieved 2010-07-21.
- List of winners
- Post, Marty (2011-05-18). River Bank 25 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2016-05-16.