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What are the registration fees and deadlines?

Registration Fees and Deadlines

  • Registration is available online until Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 11:59p EDT.
  • Late registration is available on Friday, May 11, 2017 during Event Check-in held in conjunction with the Amway Sports & Fitness Expo in DeVos Place (cash, check or credit card).  
  • NO registration available on event day, however, you may check-in for your event beginning at 6a in DeVos Place.

What are the minimum age requirements for the different events?

  • 25K -- minimum 14 years of age by May 13, 2017.
  • 10K, 5K Run, and 5K Community Walk -- all ages welcome.
  • Fifth Third Junior (1/2 mile and 1 mile fun runs) -- ages 5 through 12.

Where and when do I check-in for my event?

Will there be an Expo?

Amway Sports & Fitness Expo (DeVos Place) 
Friday, May 12, 2017, 11-8p.

  • Held in conjuction with Event Check-in/Late Registration.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • Featuring 100+ vendors.
  • Fifth Third River Bank Run SHOP.
  • Product sampling.
  • Perrin Beer Garden.
  • Relaxation Station.
  • Photobooth opportunities.

What training resources are available?

  • Training Guide, containing schedules for the 25K, 10K, 5K Run and 5K Walk.  
  • Community Training Run/Walk (see sidebar)
  • No Problems Training Run (see sidebar)
  • Hills & Hops (see sidebar)

Who are the charity partners?

  • Stand Up To Cancer is the official charity partner. $1 for each paid registration will go directly to the SU2C.  
  • Also, five Charity Partners were selected to market their missions to participants, volunteers and sponsors. 
  • To make a contribution to a charity affiliated with the Fifth Third River Bank Run, contact the charity of your choice to find out how you can be a part of their team. 
  • Find out how you can run/walk on behalf of charity!

What is the chronotrack B-tag system?

  • The Chronotrack B-Tag System will be used to score all events.
  • Your B-Tag will be attached to the participant bib you receive at Event Check-in/Late Registration at DeVos Place
  • Please keep your B-Tag attached to your participant bib on the front of your shirt on event day to ensure your results are recorded properly.

Do I have to wear my participant bib?

  • Yes.  All registered participants will receive a bib number that must be worn on event day. 
  • The bib must be visible and worn on the front outside of your shirt during the entire event for viewing by race officials and for readability of photography proofs. 
  • Do not alter the bib in any way or wear it on your shorts/pants.

Where is the start and finish line/post-event refreshments?

Start Line

  • Monroe Avenue at Lyon Street.
  • Look for volunteers holding pace per mile signs and line up accordingly.


Finish Line

  • Ottawa Avenue at Lyon Street.
  • Post-event refreshments will be available once you cross the finish line.

Are the courses certified?

  • Yes (USATF-certified).

Is there a time limit?

  • 12p (noon).
  • Participants finishing after 12p will not be included in the official results posted at this website.

Can I listen to my personal music device?

  • Yes -- roads are closed to traffic.  Please be aware of your surroundings.
  • Participants wearing listening devices will not be eligible for prize money in the USA 25K Open Championship division (based on United States Track & Field rules).

What are the typical weather conditions on event day?

  • Average temps range from the low 40's to 60's at 7:30a and climb throughout the morning.
  • Go to Wood Radio 106.9 | 1300 during event week for weather updates and information.

Is pace information available at the start and will there be pacers?

  • Pace per minute signs at are in the start line for each event.
  • Line up in the appropriate area. 
  • Official Pacers, sponsored by Gazelle Sports, are available for the 25K to pace in the 6-12 minute/mile categories - look for them on event day in the start area carrying large, yellow signs with their specific pace per miles listed and wearing brightly colored Official Pacer shirts. 
  • Start with your Official Pacer and keep them in sight throughout your event to hit your desired finish time.

Is gear check available?

  • Complimentary gear check will be available in DeVos Place.
  • You will receive a clear gear check bag along with your participant bib and t-shirt at Event Check-in.  
  • Please use this bag to check your gear prior to your event.  No personal bags will be accepted at Gear Check.  
  • Claim your gear after your event in DeVos Place no later than 12:30 pm on event day . Fifth Third Bank cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items. Participants are responsible for any clothing articles they choose to discard at the start and/or along the course. Security will be sweeping both areas and will dispose of items found unattended. Event officials do not collect clothing articles discarded at the start or along the course.

What is available at the aid stations?

  • Ice Mountain water will be available at the pre-event Aid Stations on both sides of Monroe Avenue near the DeVos Place entrance.
  • Gatorade, Ice Mountain water will be offered at 25K Aid Stations approximately every 1.5 miles along the 25K course, and in the post-event refreshments area
  • Orange slices and ice will be added after the 25K half-way point near Veterans Memorial Drive and Butterworth (25K course only).
  • Official Aid Stations will be offered approximately every two miles on the 10K course, and at halfway point on the 5K course, featuring Gatorade and Ice Mountain water
  • Remember to bring your own sports nutrition products.

Will there be porta-jons available?

  • Near the start line.
  • Approximately every 1.5 miles along the event courses (near aid stations). 
  • Finish line area. 
  • Finish Fest on Calder Plaza.

Will there be post-event refreshements?

Compliments of Meijer, Ice Mountain, PEPSI and UDIM:

  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Oranges and watermelon
  • Bagels 
  • Cereal bars 
  • Yogurt 

Are there showers available after my event?I

  • Complimentary showers and lockers at the David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Drive, from 6a-2p. 
  • Simply show your Fifth Third River Bank Run participant bib at the desk for access on event day.
  • Parking at the YMCA is not available for non-members - please park in Dash Lot 7. 

Is there a post-event party?

  • The Finish Fest on Calder Plaza from 7:30a-2p.
  • Admission is free with food available for purchase from Buffalo Wild Wings.
  • A cash bar featuring Michelob Ultra, Budweiser, Perrin Brewing Company, Ice Mountain water and Pepsi products will be available (picture ID will be required or beer purchase). 
  • The Finish Fest will also feature live entertainment, live race feed on a JumboTron and other activities.

Can my friends/family follow my progress?

  • The RaceJoy Live Tracking and Alerts app is available - thanks to Starbucks Doubleshot Protein!   
  • Each participant will have a QR code printed on their participant bib to upload their progress to their social media platforms to share with friends and family. 
  • No need to register, no need to pay for this service. Results powered by Starbucks Doubleshot Protein!

Where do I park on Friday and/or Saturday?

Street Closings and Parking Guide

  • Downtown streets near the start and finish line will begin to close at 5:30a on event day.
  • More than 17,000 participants, 20,000 spectators and 2,000 volunteers will be looking for parking all at the same time.
  • Please plan to arrive early for an easier parking experience.

What hotel accommodations are available?

coming soon

How do I know if I'm registered?

  • Online registrations receive an immediate e-mail confirmation.
  • Check the address and other information (shirt size, age, etc.) on your confirmation to be sure it is correct.
  • If you did not receive an email confirmation or your information is not correct, please go to RunSignUp, click on the Find a Participant tab and enter your name and click on More Details tab.

I noticed a mistake in my registration confirmation, how do I fix it?

  • Go to RunSignUp and click on the Find a Participant tab then enter your name - under your name click on the More Details tab where you will use your password to access your account.  Then find the appropriate blue tab and click on it and make your changes.
  • Last day to to make changes online is Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:59p EDT.
  • After that date, please let us know at the Solutions area and we will update the database so your results are posted correctly.

Can I change events if I am already registered?

  • Switching events may be made on RunSignUp through Friday, May 5, 2017 at 11:59p EDT.  Click on the Find a Participant tab and type your name - then click the green More Details tab where you will input our password to access your account.  Then find the appropriate blue tab and click on it and make your changes. 
  • Or, you may switch events after you pick up your participant bib on Friday, May 12 or Saturday, May 13, 2017 in DeVos Place beginning at 6a. 
  • Results will not be posted for those participating in events for which they were not registered. 
  • All entries are non-refundable.

Can I get a refund or transfer/gift my bib to a friend/family?

  • All events are non refundable. 
  • You may transfer or gift your event registration to someone, switch to another event (i.e. currently registered for the 25K but would like to run the 10K) or defer your registration to next year ($5 fee) by going to your profile in RunSignUp and click on the Find a Participant tab, type your name and click on the More Options tab.
  • You may also switch events after you pick up your participant bib at Event Check-in at DeVos Place on Friday, May 12 or Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Solutions area.

I won't be able to participate, can I still pick up my t-shirt?

  • YES! Please stop by and pick up your t-shirt and participant bib during Event Check in/Late Registration held during the Amway Sports & Fitness Expo in DeVos Place on Frida;y, May 12  from 11a-8p or Saturday, May 13. 2017 beginning at 6a.
  • If you can't make it Event Weekend, please email or call 616.771.1590 for your shirt to be mailed to you.

Will my results be posted if I finish the 25K after 12p (noon)?

  • No. Participants who finish the 25K event after the finish line closes at 12p will be considered unofficial finishers and will not be included in the Official Results that are posted to the website 
  • 25K runners not maintaining a 3.5 hours finish pace are participating at their own risk without race services

When and where will I find race results?

  • Individual results will available online after 4p event day.
  • Team results will be available online after 4p on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Can I print my finisher certificate?

  • Yes - Printable certificates will be available online after 4p on event day

How can I volunteer?

  • Fifth Third Bank could not offer the Fifth Third River Bank Run without thousands of volunteers.  
  • Register Today!  
  • Email the Race office or call  616.771.1590

Fifth Third River Bank Run

PO Box 2194
Grand Rapids, MI  49501-2194
616.771.1590   |   runinfo@53riverbankrun.com

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