Fifth Third Riverbank Run field "deep and fast"

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The 37th running of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run will feature a field of elite runners that is "deep and fast," according to Greg Meyer, coordinator of the elite field.

Meyer is fresh back from Boston, where he announced winners of the Boston Marathon. Meyer and other race officials spoke with reporters Wednesday to preview the May 10 event. He says last year's winners will return, and anticipates possibly establishing new 25K world records.

Volunteers make the run work. This year, 2,000 total are expected, but about 300 more are needed. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt, meal, and access to this year's new race post party the 616 Club.

To volunteer and learn more about the race, go to Fifth Third Riverbank Run.

Organizers expect the race course will be in great shape. The same security precautions in place last year will be in place this year. Unneeded bags should be left at home, and none should be left unattended. Race director Kristin Aidif says procedures will be similar to those at an airport.


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