Elites – Male

As of May 9 - subject to change due to drops

Brogan Austin
USA 25 km Open Championship

DROP

Age 30, Longmont, CO - Student Athlete at Drake University, 2-time Olympic Trials Qualifier (Marathon), 2018 USA National Champion Marathon (2:12:38), multiple major course records...61:52 Half Marathon PR, 47:57 10 mile PR, 28:50 10K PR. Tinman Elite athlete and coach.
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Ian Carter
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 27 Flagstaff, AZ - USATF 15k - 15th USATF 10k - 16th Personal best of 29:48 over 10k Member of the McKirdy Trained High Performance Team Coach with McKirdy Trained
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Joel Conn
USA 25 km Open Championship

 

Age 38, Okemos, MI - Husband, Father, Scrapper, Born Again Runner
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Johnny Crain
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 29, Lansing, MI - Four time DIII national champion and Former ZAP Endurance athlete Johnny Crain is racing his 3rd River Bank Run in 2022 - for the first time as a Michigander. Johnny finished 10th in this race in 2017. With personal bests in the 10K of 28:26 and a Marathon of 2:15:46 he's preparing to qualify for his 4th Olympic Trials at the Grandma's marathon in June. Johnny is hoping to prove that the mental toughness gained running in a Michigan winter and jumping over the potholes leads to toughness over the hills in Grand Rapids on race weekend.
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Kiya Dandena
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 3, Flagstaff, AZ - I am currently training full-time in Flagstaff, AZ. I’m an assistant coach at Team Run Flagstaff. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and I love cooking. I am passionate about engaging in my local running community.
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Peter Falcon
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 32, Maple Grove, MN - My running career has spanned over 22 years, racing as a USATF Junior Olympic athlete in 2000 for the Cornhusker Flyers Track Club. I was a multiple time all-state performer in high school and competed for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 2007-2012. My running career continued after college, racing for "Lincoln Running Company - Nebraska", a USATF sub-elite club out of Nebraska. I moved to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area in 2019 with my wife, Jenny, and work as a clinical mental health therapist, with a focus in counseling athletes on both clinical and sports performance based issues. I'm also the head boys track and field coach at Spring Lake Park High School in Spring Lake Park, Minnesota. In 2019, I ran a 2:19:51 in the marathon and 1:07:10 in the half marathon, just missing out on qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. My future goals consist of qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Marathon Trials, and I'm excited to use the Amway Riverbank Run (2022 USATF 25K National Championships) as a stepping stone toward that goal!
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Tyler Jermann
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 29, St. Paul, MN - Tyler lives and trains in Saint Paul Minnesota with Minnesota Distance Elite. With strengths in the longer distance events with a marathon PR of 2:12:40, the 25k distance suits his abilities well. His second time racing here in Grand Rapids, he's looking to mix it up near the front with the always excellent field of competitors.
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Leonard Korir
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 35, Colorado Springs, CO -
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Haron Lagat
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 39, Colorado Springs, CO -3:52 miler 8:15 steeplechase Second in 2018 20k and 10km champs 61:01;01 half marathon Texas Tech university alumni
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David Melly
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 29, Boston, MA - Boston-based runner, writer, and podcaster currently chasing the Olympic Marathon Trials standard. He’s run 65:14 for half marathon and 2:21:59 in his marathon debut and is looking forward to competing at the US 25K Championships in his first-ever race in the state of Michigan.
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Will Nation
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 29, Austin TX -Will is a two-time US Marathon Trials qualifier and has three top 10 finishes at the USATF 25K Championships. This will be Will's 5th time running at the Amway River Bank Run. He currently lives and trains in Austin, TX and works full-time as a software developer for FantasyPros.
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Joseph Niemiec
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 30, Niceville, FL - graduated in 2014 and thought I was done running. However, I quickly realized running was/is my therapy and I love the pursuit of my best in this sport. I've slowly been chipping away at PR's ever since and believe my fastest years are still ahead despite turning 30 this year! I'm married with four kids and a full time job as a flight test engineer. I'm currently training for an OTQ in the marathon (PR 2:17) and am pumped that the May riverbank is back! I consider it a hometown race (I grew up in Zeeland) and I've done it most years since I was 9 so I always look forward to this one! This year I will be representing Operation Underground Railroad and their mission of ending modern day slavery. I am raising support and if interested in supporting checkout https://gofund.me/d6a72e1d
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Ronan O'Shea
USA 25 km Open Championship

DROP

Age 24, Austin, TX -
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Joshua Park
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 25, Amherst, OH - Former Ohio University Bobcat
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M. Angel Ramirez
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 33, Flagstaff, AZ - Lives and Trains in Flagstaff Arizona. Gunning for Marathon Olympic trials time of sub 2:18. Part of McKirdy Trained. Coached by James McKirdy.
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Andrew Rylaarsdam
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 27, Chicago, IL - Andrew grew up in west Michigan and ran at Calvin Christian High School then Calvin College. He has a marathon PR of 2:22:27 and finished 5th at the 2021 USATF 50k championships. He will be graduating from medical school at the end of May.
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Parker Stinson
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 30, Boulder, CO - The US record holder in the 25K, Parker is an American distance runner known for his aggressive racing style. Over the last few years, he has seven top three finishes in major road races over distances ranging from 10K to 25K. He is a nine time All-American from the University of Oregon where he was third in the 5000 meters at back to back NCAA championships. Parker is the only person to win the 10,000 meters at the US Junior Championships three times. He also placed sixth at the IAAF Junior World Championships and won the Pan-Am Junior title.
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Jordan West
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 27, Waco, TX - ompetitive runner living and training in Waco, TX. He ran XC & Track for Baylor University from 2013-2017. Jordan recently became a father and works full-time for the Baylor Scott & White Healthcare system. Despite his hectic schedule, he still finds time to pursue his goal of qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Marathon Trials.
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Matthew Williams
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 35, Waco, TX - Finished 2nd at 2021 USATF 25k. Personal best 25k time of 1:14:28 (2021)
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Riley Worl
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 27, Rochester, IN - 35th place finish at the 2018 Boston marathon 2:28:16 marathon PR
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Futsum Zienasellasie
USA 25 km Open Championship
Age 29, Flagstaff, AZ - Finished 2nd at 2021 USATF 25k. Personal best 25k time of 1:14:28 (2021)
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Matthew Blume
25K Masters
Age 40, Barrington, IL - Originally from Logansport, IN - Competed collegiately for Valparaiso University - Currently live in Barrington Hills, IL - Was top Illinois finisher in 2014 Chicago Marathon (31st overall) - Placed 16th in 2015 California International Marathon (CIM) - Placed 34th in 2017 Berlin Marathon - Qualified for 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon (placed 117th) - 2022 Gate River Run Masters Champion - Hold PRs of 2:18:54 for the marathon and 1:06:22 for the half marathon
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Fernando Cabada
25K Masters
Age 40, Aurora, CO - 2006 (1:14:21 Former AR) and 2011 Open Riverbank Run and USA 25km Champion. 2:11:36 Marathon PB and 1:02:00 Half Marathon PB. Four Time Olympic Trials qualifier. 2008 USA Marathon Champion
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Paul Carlin
25K Masters
Age 76, Three Oaks, MI - Professor Emeritus-Economics, Indiana University Fall 1966-Captain Tufts XC Team-Undefeated regular season, 11-0 2014-2019 Three USATF Age Division Individual National Championships-10K, Half Marathon (2)--Multiple podium finishes at USATF National Championships; multiple team Championships-Ann Arbor Track Club 2017 USATF Masters National Grand Prix 70-74 Champion 2014 5th 3rd River Bank Run 65-69 Champion 1:46:27 Age Division Championships at nationally significant road races: TD Beach to Beacon 10K; CU Cherry Blossom Run (10 Mi); ; Indianapolis Monumental Marathon-Broke 70-74 Record for 5K, HM; Utica Boilermaker 15K; and at Charlevoix Marathon, Medical Ctr 10K-Bowling Green KY; Papa John's 10-Miler Louisville KY, Utah Valley 10K 2014-present Author-www.runningprof.com-Blog on Masters Running 2015-present Head Writer, LDR, for National Masters News
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Wilson Chemweno
25K Masters
Age 43, Davenport, IA - Two-time defending champion and course record holder, Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon, 2018 Debut race, and in 2019 course record of 2:18:11. Past Masters Champion, Amway Riverbank Run, 25K.
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Jim Lanciaux
25K Masters
Age 60, Fremont MI - First ran Riverbank Run in 1983 38 consecutive years racing in the River Bank Run 25K competition. 3-time Masters award prize winner. 5-time age group winner.
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Raymon Magut
5K / 10K
Age 24, Lansing MI -
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Emmanual Kiprono
5K / 10K
Age 28 - Lansing MI -
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Mizael Carrera
10K
Age 30, Oak Park, IL - Chicago based College Coach and Attorney, Puerto Rican national runner, two time All American, and Four time Puerto Rican National Champion.
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Kenneth Figueroa
10K
Age 28, Sabana Grande, PR -
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