GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Organizers of the Fifth Third River Bank Run announced at a news conference Monday morning that they will decide May 6, a week before the May 11 race, whether to move the 25K events to the flood course.
If the 25K course around Grand Rapids is forced to change, organizers said the 10K and 5K courses will not be impacted.
Several places along the normal 25K course (pdf) have been affected by flooding, including Market Avenue near the Wastewater Treatment Plant, areas on Maynard Avenue and Butterworth Drive, as well as Veterans Memorial Drive.
Once the water recedes, debris and mud could still be an issue on the course.
Organizers said they plan to review the course daily and make the final decision May 6.
The 25K flood course (pdf) was last used for the event in 2009 --
- Start near Monroe/Lyon to Fulton
- Turn right on Fulton to Mt. Vernon
- Left on Mt. Vernon to Watson
- Left on Watson to Front
- Right on Front to Butterworth
- Right on Butterworth to O'Brien
- Right on O'Brien to Maynard
- Left on Maynard to Butterworth
- Right on Butterworth to TURN AROUND
- TURN AROUND at some point near Wilson
- Return on Butterworth to Richards
- Left on Richards to Park
- Left on Park to John Ball Park -- through JBP to Fulton/Richards
- Right on Fulton to Garfield
- Left on Garfield to Lake Michigan Drive
- Right on Lake Michigan Drive to Winter
- Right on Winter to Fulton
- Left on Fulton to Ottawa
- Left on Ottawa to Finish
- Finish at Ottawa and Lyon
SECURITY CHANGES --
Organizers of the road race said they have reviewed their security measures following the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Race officials have been working closely with local, state and federal law enforcement. They said they have made appropriate modifications to the security plan to "have a more visible and mobile security presence."
This year, runners cannot bring large bags to the gear check-in tables. If they do, then they will be asked to transfer their items into an official Fifth Third River Bank Run bag at DeVos Place.
Spectators are encouraged not to bring large bags. There will be extra security and random bag checks throughout the event.
Organizers ask you treat the race routes like an airport, whereas if you see anything suspicious, like an unattended bag, then report it to police immediately.
Runners and spectators are encouraged to wear blue and yellow, the colors of Boston, in support of those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
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