River Bank Run 2019: Record set, repeat wins and 10K confusion

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***CORRECTION: The previous story incorrectly stated Bates also set a record. We regret this error, which has since been corrected.***

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Approximately 15,000 runners filled the streets of downtown Grand Rapids Saturday for the Amway River Bank Run.

Parker Stinson set a new U.S. record for the 25K. While Stinson’s finish time of 1:13:47.120 was faster than Bates’ 1:23:49.500, he couldn’t close the 11-minute margin to win the race within the race. Bates took home the extra $2,500 for winning the race within the race, while maintaining the women’s four-year streak started by Aliphine Tuliamuk.

This year’s race was full of surprises, including Lansing’s Iveen Chepkemoi. The 21-year-old won back-to-back races, posting a 5K time of 16:22 and 10K finish of 33:50.

GVSU All-American Wuoi Mach finished the 5K about two minutes before Chepkemoi, coming in at 14:21.

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Some off-course runners led to finish line confusion in the men’s 10K. 

The finish line tape wasn’t up when Bryce Bradley of Grand Rapids crossed the finish line first with a clock time of 29:58. He and several other runners didn’t follow the pace care and took another route, a race organizer said. 

River Bank Run officials are talking with the pace car, runners and U.S. officials to determine if their finishes will count.

Matthew Chaffee, who was paralyzed from just below the chest down in a 2014 crash, won the handcycle race with a chip time of 4:52.

Wheelchair racer Daniel Romanchuk, who won his event at the Boston and London marathons earlier this year, added another medal to his collection at this year’s River Bank Run.

Participants from every event can enter their bib number on woodtv.com to watch and share video of themselves crossing the finish line.

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