GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids man was the first to cross the finish line during the 2019 Amway River Bank Run.
Wuoi Mach, 25, finished the 5K race Saturday morning with a chip time of 14 minutes, 21 seconds, putting him on pace for a 4 minute, 37 second-mile.
“I was feeling pretty good. The home crowd here, I’ve lived here the past 13 years of my life, I felt like everyone was cheering from me,” Mach said minutes after his run.
Mach, a Grand Valley All-American who was trained by Olympian and former River Bank Run champion Dathan Ritzenhein, held a commanding lead during the entire race.
Iveen Chepkemoi, 21, of Lansing was the first women runner to cross the finish line, with a time of 16 minutes, 22 seconds.
Last year’s top female finisher, 12-year-old Clara James-Heer of Forest Hills Central, finished fifth among the female runners and 29th overall with a time of 18 minutes, 43 seconds.
“It went pretty good but it was hard,” said the running phenom.
At age 11, Heer set a personal record and made history during last year’s River Bank Run with a finishing time was 17 minutes, 52 seconds, putting her at a pace of about 5 minutes, 46 seconds per mile.
About 15,000 runners signed up to take park in this year’s Amway River Bank Run.