Amway River Bank Run adds ‘virtual race’ for 2019

River Bank Run

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new title sponsor isn’t the only change coming to the Amway River Bank Run in 2019.

Participants who can’t physically make it to this year’s race will have the option to sign up for a “virtual race.”  It gives anyone the option to run the race, whether they’re on a treadmill or in a different city.

Still, Amway River Bank Run Race Director David Madiol says nothing can compare to running the race in downtown Grand Rapids.

“The energy downtown for this race is so awesome… and the course itself, it’s just a great course around downtown,” said Madiol. “If you’re doing the 25K, you’re obviously getting way out from downtown, but it’s just a really well-run race and Amway is so proud to be a part of it as the title sponsor now.”

Another change: the Amway Junior Race will move to Grandville Middle School this year.

On Thursday, River Bank Run organizers also announced this year’s race charity partners: Conductive Learning Center, Down Syndrome Association, i Understand, Jason Kinzler Family First Foundation and Kids’ Food Basket.

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital said participation in the hand cycling and wheelchair races is up and multiple winners from last year’s race will be back to compete this year.

The Road Warrior Team is made up of 12 women this year, including 24 Hour News 8’s Emily Linnert.

The Amway River Bank Run volunteer registration is already open online. Volunteers are needed for this year’s race. Normally, about 1,500 people are needed to pull off the event and expo.  

The 42nd Amway River Bank Run will take place Saturday, May 11. For more event information or to register, visit the event website.

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