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Fifth Third River Bank Run Prepares For Possible Alternative Route Due To Flooding

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Flooding across West Michigan has effected the homes and businesses of thousands of people.

West Michigan runners may soon be added to that list.

The Fifth Third River Bank Run is preparing possible changes due to flooding.

This wouldn’t be the first time the River Bank Run has been altered due to flooding.  The flood course was used in 2009.

If changes are made due to flooding, it will only effect the 25k.  The 10k and 5k will remain the same.

The Fifth Third River Bank Run is May 11.  A final decision on which 25k course will be used will be made by Monday, May 6.

Greg Meyer, a Grand Rapids native and 7-time 25k champion of the River Bank Run, explains the flood course:

Because of the out and back nature of the 25K flood course, participants cannot expect an
extremely fast event because of the additional congestion.  The benefit of the flood
course in 2009 was that everyone headed south on the course got to see the elite athlete field on their way back north to the finish line. Many of the elites responded by high fiving the participants as they passed. This is the silver lining of the flood course!

View a map of the back-up 25k flood course.

Learn more about the flood course.

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