25K Relay

Participate in the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25K without running the entire 15.5 miles. Grab a couple of friends or family members and participate as a 25K Relay group on Saturday, May 10!

A 25K Relay group consists of two to three participants who will cover the entire 25K (15.5 miles) distance. Each participant will run one leg that ranges from 3 to 7 miles. Your Relay group can have as few as two members competing. However, this will require that one member must run two consecutive legs. For example, if a group has only two members, the first runner must run the first two legs of the Relay and the second runner would run the third leg.

25K Relay Categories and Registration (click here for fee schedule)

  • Male
  • Female
  • Co-Ed

Trophies will be awarded to the first three 25K Relay groups in each category.

Relay captains are responsible for creating and paying the 25K Relay group entry fee online and it includes individual registration fees for up to two additional members.

  • The Relay group captain will create a group and share the password with other participants to go online and provide personal registration information no later than April 25.
  • Late registration or changes for 25K Relay groups will NOT be available on Friday, May 9, 2014 or Saturday May 10, 2014 (RACE DAY). Individuals may late register on Friday, May 9, however, they cannot be attached to a 25K Relay group at that point in time.
  • Packet Pick-up on May 9, 2014 from 11 am to 8 pm available during the Sports & Fitness Expo and Fashion Show at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids (303 Monroe Ave. NW) and Saturday, May 10 beginning at 6am.
  • Confirmation of registration will be mailed to everyone submitting an entry by April 18, 2014. Registrations received after April 18, 2014 will not be mailed
  • Registered Relay group participants will receive a t-shirt, finisher medal, post-event refreshments and a free beverage ticket for the Michelob Ultra Finish Fest on Calder Plaza.
  • Participant bib must be worn on front with the “RELAY” bib on the back.
  • Each leg will be timed individually AND as the Relay group.
25K Relay Instructions (Click here for course map)

Leg #1 participants
(6.77 miles)
25K Start Line to Butterworth/Wilson

Leg #1 begins at the Fifth Third River Bank Run Start Line located on Monroe Avenue and line up according to your pace per mile.  Leg #1 participants may bag their gear (or give to a group member) and place it on the appropriate Exchange Zone bus (bags are available at the loading zone on Michigan Street  between Monroe Avenue and Ottawa Avenue - be sure to attached the gear check tag from your bib). Fifth Third River Bank Run cannot be responsible for lost items.

The bus will leave Exchange Zone 2 at 9:30a to take finishers downtown.

Leg #2 participants (5.37 miles)
Butterworth/Wilson to Butterworth/O'Brien

Exchange Zone bus, located on Michigan Street (between Monroe Avenue and Ottawa Avenue) will leave downtown at 8:15a for Butterworth/Wilson  Leg #2 participants may bag gear (or give to a team member) and place it on the bus for Exchange Zone 3 at Butterworth/O'Brien. Bags located at the loading zone  - be sure to attach your gear check tag from your bib) .  The Fifth Third River Bank Run cannot be responsible for lost items.

The bus will leave Exchange Zone 3 at 10:45a to take finishers downtown.

Leg #3 participants (3.36 Miles)
Butterworth/O’Brien to Finish Line

Exchange Zone bus, located on Michigan Street (between Monroe Avenue and Ottawa Avenue) will leave downtown at 8:30a for Butterworth/O’Brien. Please bag your gear at the official Gear Check in DeVos Place - be sure to attach your gear check tag from your bib). Please plan to reunite with group members at the Michelob Ultra Finish Fest on Calder Plaza.

25K Relay Exchange Zones
  • There will be a single staging area at each Relay Exchange Zone.
  • Volunteers will be on-site to direct Relay participants to the Exchange Zone.
  • It is the responsibility of Relay participants  to know when their group member will be arriving at the appropriate Exchange Zone. This can be approximated by knowing each member's running pace to  estimate when they will arrive.
  • Water and post-race refreshments will be available on the busses that will return participants running Legs #1 and #2 to downtown.
  • Portable restrooms and medical support will be available at Exchange Zones.
  • As Leg #3 participants leave the exchange zone, please be conscious of the 25K participants as they have been running 12 miles at this point with 3.5 miles to the Finish Line.
  • Aid Station #8 is located just past the Exchange Zone and  participants may  be getting refreshments from both sides of the road.
Click here for the Leg #2 Exchange Zone Map. Click here for the Leg #3 Exchange Zone Map.

Scoring
All Fifth Third River Bank Run participants will wear the Chronotrack B-Tag for scoring purposes on event day, May 10. The B-Tag will be attached to your participant bib which you will receive at Late Registration/Packet Pick-up at DeVos Place on Friday, May 9 or Saturday, May 10. Please attach your participant bib (with B-Tag attached) to the front of your shirt for best results. Your participant bib/B-Tag will not need to be returned following your event.


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