Elite Athletes

Qualifications for elite status:
  • Past River Bank Run winners
  • Athletes previously placing high in the USA 25 km Open Championships division, or River Bank Run Open division
  • Athletes placing high in other USA Championship events
  • Athletes who are part of the U.S. Distance Runners Development program
  • Last day to qualify is Friday, Friday, April 19.  

Contact Greg Meyer, Amway River Bank Run Elite Athlete Recruiter, with a list of your qualifications.

Prize Purse (coming soon)

After registering, download, complete and return a W-9 (American Athlete)or w-8 (International Athlete) to Amway River Bank Run, Elite Athletes, PO Box 2194, Grand Rapids MI  49501-2194.   Failure to provide the documentations early will result in a delay in awarding prize money.

Drug Testing Statement

Athletes who participate in this competition are subject to drug testing in accordance with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) Protocol for Olympic Movement Testing (USADA Protocol). Testing may take place after any preliminary, qualifying, or final round. USADA will be responsible for conducting comprehensive drug testing, as well as the adjudication of positive findings.

Athletes selected for doping control are required to sign a testing notification form by the assigned doping control chaperone, who will remain with each athlete until she or he arrives at the doping control testing center. Athletes have one hour from the time of notification before they must report to the doping control testing center. Once athletes complete the drug testing process, they are free to leave. Athletes with positive drug test results will have their cases adjudicated according to the USADA Protocol and will be penalized, if appropriate, according to applicable IAAF or World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

Such penalties may include, but not be limited to, a period of ineligibility from competition, as well as disqualification from past competitions and cancellation of awards and prizes previously awarded. Any substance taken by an athlete is at his/her own risk and may result in a positive sample.

BEWARE: some nutritional supplements, prescription, cold medicines and over-the-counter medications contain prohibited substances. Information regarding specific drugs and substances may be obtained by calling the USADA Drug Reference Line at 800-233-0393 within the U.S., 719-785-2020 outside the U.S. or at www.usantidoping.org.