Amway run to celebrate 45th year

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Courtesy Amway River Bank Run

The Amway River Bank Run will host its 45th annual race this weekend.

The 25K road race will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, on Ottawa Avenue NW near Lyon Street NW.

The River Bank Run also will host a 25K wheelchair race at 8:16 a.m., 25K handcycle at 8:15 a.m., 10K run at at 7:40 a.m., 5K run at 7 a.m. and 5K community walk at 9 a.m. 

The event will include a virtual option for those unable to participate in person. 

The run is projected to bring in 10,000 participants this year. 

Consistently ranked as one of the premier road racing events in the U.S., the Amway River Bank Run is the site of the men’s 25K American and Course record (1:13:47, 2019), Women’s 25K American record (1:24:36, 2012) and former Men’s 25K World record (1998). The 25K has been the site of the USA 25K Open Championships since 1995. 

Among this year’s elite male and female athletes are Futsum Zienallaissie, who last year won second place in 1:14:28 and Jordan Hasay, a 2:20 marathoner and the third-fastest U.S. female. 

The 25K was founded by Fifth Third Bank, which is a sponsor this year and will be joined by BHSH System, the race’s official health partner for the past five years. This year’s charity partners include the ALS Association Michigan Chapter, Hand2Hand, the Humane Society of West Michigan, i understand and West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition. 

Registration is here.

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