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Race History

When Frank Cashman from the Grand Rapids Track Club approached Marty Allen, then Marketing Director for Old Kent Bank, in the mid 1970s about initiating a local road race, Allen was intrigued. Cashman worked out what he felt was the perfect distance, a 25K that started and finished in downtown Grand Rapids and Allen pledged the funding. In 1978, just over 1,000 runners took to the streets on the second Saturday of May for the first annual Old Kent River Bank Run.  In 2001, Old Kent Bank merged with Fifth Third Bank, and the event was renamed to showcase its new owner.

The Fifth Third River Bank Run will celebrate 40 years of road running on Saturday, May 13, 2017. More than 18,000 people are expected to compete in the event which features the largest 25K road race in the country and offers the only 25K Wheelchair racing division in the world along with a 25K Handcycle division. The USA 25 km Open Championships will run concurrently with the 25K event. In addition to the 25K, participants can choose from the 25K Relay, 10K Run, 5K Run, Team Competition for  25K, 10K, 5K Run, 5K Community Walk and Fifth Third Junior Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Consistently ranked as one of the premier road racing events in the United States, the Fifth Third River Bank Run is the site of the Men’s 25K American record (1:14:18; 2013/2014); 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 25 km Open Championships since 1995.

Fifth Third River Bank Run Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice is intended for the participants of the Fifth Third River Bank Run and applies to personal information (as defined below) about individuals who have registered for the Fifth Third River Bank Run. This Notice does not apply to information received from individuals who seek or obtain financial products or services from us for personal, family or household purposes; such consumer information is governed by the Fifth Third Privacy Notice for Consumer Information, entitled, “What Does Fifth Third Do With Your Personal Information” and found at https://www.53.com/privacy-security/#tab-consumersTab.

For purposes of this Notice, “Personal Information” means any information about a race participant. Personal Information may include, but is not limited to: (a) name; (b) physical address, including street name and name of city or town; (c) e-mail address or other electronic contact information; (d) telephone number.

How We Share Personal Information

Fifth Third River Bank Run shares personal Information with service providers supporting the River Bank Run. To Limit this sharing please contact the Fifth Third Bank River Bank Run Administration office at 616.771.1590. 

About Fifth Third Bancorp

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $144 billion in assets and operates 1,191 full-service Banking Centers, including 94 Bank Mart® locations, most open seven days a week, inside select grocery stores and 2,541 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Wealth and Asset Management. Fifth Third also has an 18.3% interest in Vantiv Holding, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of June 30, 2016, had $305 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $26 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at www.53.com. Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the Nasdaq® Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Fifth Third Bank was established in 1858.  Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender

 

Fifth Third River Bank Run

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

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