FAQ for October 23, 2021

While we understand that the changes we’ve had to implement, might not be ideal. We determined that it was simply the only way to deliver a safe and as close to normal River Bank Run this year.

To all RBR friends, we appreciate each and every one of you. If you are unable or unwilling to participate in the 2021 for any reason, we can defer your registration or transfer you to the one of the virtual options available. We eagerly look forward to welcoming our ENTIRE community back for the 45th Amway River Bank Run on May 14, 2022.

Questions? -simply send an email


What are the Start Times


What are the Registration Fees and Deadlines?

  • Registration is available online until 5pm on Friday, October 22
  • NO computers available for Late registration - complete your registration online by 5 pm Friday, October 22 then come downtown to pickup your packet
  • NO registration available on October 23
  • Registration Fees and Deadlines (pdf)

When/Where do I pickup my race packet/Mini Expo?

  • Extended Packet Pickup Hours outside on Calder Plaza  (351 Ottawa Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 between Lyon St and Michigan Ave)
    - Thursday, October 21 from 3-7p
    - Friday, October 22 from 11a-8p
  • NO race day packet pickup on Saturday, October 23 - HOWEVER - you may pickup race bib ONLY on the west side of Monroe Ave (near Michigan Ave).
    - Send us an Email after the race with your name and address for your t-shirt to be mailed

Mini Expo with Welcome Center

  • Free and open to the public
  • Get all your race questions answered
  • River Bank Run SHOP
  • Product sampling featuring Amway’s nutrition products and more
  • Fifth Third Bank Zone
  • Spectrum Health Partners
  • Selfie Stations

With moving outside to Calder Plaza, we do not have space to provide:

  • Gear Check (please plan accordingly)
  • Event Hospitality (if you paid, you will receive a refund)
  • Two Hour Club Hospitality (all 2019 and 2020 participants will be "grandfathered" into 2022)

We have reduced touch points throughout the event

  • Aid Stations - cups will be on tables placed by volunteers AND participants will grab from tables
    - Self carriers - the last table at each station will be for refills
  • NO GU on 25K course - you will receive your GU at packet pickup
  • Space throughout to provide social distancing including packet pickup on Calder Plaza, Expo, Start Line, Finish Line and Finish Fest
  • Pre-packages refreshments after you finish - grab your Ice Mountain water bottle, Gatorade, Country Fresh Chocolate Milk and the "to go" back with refreshments provided by Amway and Meijer
  • Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations

Participation numbers have stayed low for races - we are not alone

  • There is plenty of space at the Start Line for distancing at each event
  • Masks at the Start and Finish Line are optional depending on your comfort level
  • The Finish Line will naturally have space - try not to stop or congregate but keep moving and connect with family/friends at the Finish Fest on Calder Plaza

How do I know if I'm registered?

  • Online registrations receive an immediate e-mail confirmation or look yourself up here
  • Check the address and other information (shirt size, age, etc.) on your confirmation to be sure it is correct[/expand]

I noticed a mistake in my registration confirmation, how do I fix it?
Online through Friday, October 15 at 11:59p (edt)

  • Login into your RunSignUp account
  • Click on the Find a Participant tab and enter your name
  • Click on the More Details tab
  • Find the appropriate blue tab, click on it and make your change
    - Email us if you are having problems  making changes to your account

Can I defer my registration to May 14, 2022?


Online through Friday, October 22 at 5p (edt)

  • Log into your RunSignUp account
  • In your profile, scroll to the bottom of the screen find “my registered races”
  • Find your RBR registration.  Select “manage”
  • Select “defer registration”
  • Complete the step by step process
  • Defer your registration to next year*

    * Defer one year only.  If you do not participate the following year, you will be moved into the Virtual Race


If you deferred from 2020 and have not claimed your registration for 2021

  • Follow the link in the deferred/reserve entry email that has been sent to you and register for 2021 - those emails have been sent out since December 2020, you may want to check your SPAM/JUNK folder

What are the minimum age requirements?

  • 25K — minimum 14 years of age by 10/23/21
  • 10K, 5K Run, and 5K Community Walk — all ages welcome

Are the courses certified?

  • Yes (USATF-certified)

Is there a time limit?

  • 1p
  • Participants finishing after 1p will not be included in the official results posted at this website
  • Medical, aid stations, police, volunteers and course markings will no longer be available when roads open to traffic

Is pace information available at the start and will be there pacers?

  • Pace per minute signs at are in the start line for each event
  • Line up in the appropriate area
  • Official Pacers, sponsored by Perrin Brewing Company are available for the 25K to pace in the 6-12 minute/mile categories – look for them on event day in the start area carrying large, yellow signs with their specific pace per miles listed and wearing brightly colored Official Pacer shirts
  • Start with your Official Pacer and keep them in sight throughout your event to hit your desired finish time
  • Meet the Official Pacers and visit the Perrin Pacer Booth at the Sports & Fitness Expo to learn more

Do I have to wear my participant bib?

  • Yes.  All registered participants will receive a bib number that must be worn on Event Day.
  • The bib must be visible and worn on the front outside of your shirt during the entire event for viewing by race officials and for readability of photography proofs
  • Do not alter the bib in any way or wear it on your shorts/pants

Can my friends/family follow my progress?

  • Yes, with RaceJoy Live Tracking and Alerts app – available for Apple and Andoid devices

Can I listen to my personal music device?

  • Yes — roads are closed to traffic.  Be aware of your surroundings and other participants and keep the volume at a level to be alert in case there is an emergency
  • Participants wearing listening devices will not be eligible for prize money in the USA 25K Open Championship division (based on United States Track & Field rules)

Where is the Start and Finish Line?

Start Line 

  • Monroe Avenue at Lyon Street
  • Look for volunteers holding pace per mile signs and line up accordingly

Finish Line

  • Ottawa Avenue at Lyon Street
  • Post-event refreshments will be available once you cross the finish line

Will there be post-event refreshments?


Yes, compliments of Amway XS Sports, Meijer, Ice Mountain, PEPSI and UDIM

    • Water
    • Gatorade
    • Chocolate Milk
    • and other pre-packaged snacks

What is available at the aid stations?

  • Ice Mountain water will be available at the pre-event Aid Stations on both sides of Monroe Avenue near the DeVos Place entrance
  • 25K Aid Stations feature Gatorade and Ice Mountain water approximately every 2 miles and in the post-event refreshments area
  • 25K participants will receive GU Energy Gel at Packet Pickup (flavors: vanilla bean, salted caramel and tri-berry) -- WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON COURSE
  • 10K Aid Station will be offered at approximately 3 miles featuring  Gatorade and Ice Mountain water and in post-event refreshments area
  • 5K Aid Station will have Gatorade and Ice Mountain water in post-event refreshments area - there will not be an aid station on course

Is gear check available?

  • Since we have moved outside and have lack of space -  NO Gear Check available.
  • However we are looking for extra space and will publish location if it becomes available

Will there be porta-jons available?

  • Near the start line
  • Approximately every 1.5 miles along the event courses and near aid stations
  • Finish line area
  • Finish Fest on Calder Plaza

Are there showers available after my event?

  • Complimentary showers and lockers at the David D. Hunting YMCA, 475 Lake Michigan Drive, from 6a-2p
  • Simply show your Amway River Bank Run participant bib at the desk for access on Event Day
  • Parking at the YMCA is not available for non-members – please park in Dash Lot 7 ($2.00)

Is there a Post-Event Party?

  • The Finish Fest on Calder Plaza from 8:30a-2p
  • Admission is free
  • Food concessions (cash only)
  • Cash bar featuring Michelob Ultra, Budweiser, Perrin Brewing Company, Ice Mountain water and Pepsi products (picture ID will be required for beer purchase)

Who are the charity partners?

  • Five Charity Partners were selected to market their missions to participants, volunteers and sponsors
  • Contact the charity of your choice to find out how you can be a part of their team and fundraise 
  • Donate or run/walk on behalf of charity!

How do I switch events (i.e. 25K to 10K, etc.)?


Online through October 15 at 11:59p (edt)

  • Log into your RunSignUp account *Note: if your registration is a deferment from the previous year, email us to make the change. 
  • In your profile, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “my registered races”
  • Find your RBR registration
  • Select “manage”
  • From the menu select “transfer event”

Can I get a refund?


No.  All events are non-refundable, however, options available

Transfer or gift to a friend/family
Online through October 15 at 11:59p (edt)

  • Log into your RunSignUp account
  • In your profile, scroll to bottom of the screen and find "my registration races"
  • Find your RBR registration.  Select "manage"
  • Select "transfer or gift registration"
  • Complete the step by step process
Defer your registration to 2022*  (Deferred registrations cannot be transferred or gifted to someone else)
Online through October 15 at 11:59p (edt)
  • Log into your RunSignUp account
  • In your profile, scroll to the bottom of the screen and find “my registered races”
  • Find your RBR registration.  Select “manage”
  • Select “defer registration”
  • Complete the step by step process
  • Defer your registration to next year*

* Defer one year only.  If you do not participate the following year, your registration will be switched into the Virtual Race


How do I post my Virtual Event Results?


I won't be able to participate, can i still pickup my t-shirt?

  • If you can’t make it Event Weekend, email the Race Office with your name, address and size to be mailed to you in June

Where do I park on Friday and/or Saturday?


Street Closings and Parking Guide 

  • Ottawa Avenue between Lyon and Michigan Streets will begin to close on Friday, October 22 at 5:30p
  • Downtown streets near the start and finish line will begin to close at 5:30a on event day
  • Please plan to arrive early for an easier parking experience

When and where will I find race results?

  • Unofficial results are posted immediately after your event with official results posted on Sunday online at amwayriverbankrun.com 
  • Team results will be available online after 4p on Tuesday, October 26

Will my results be posted if I finish the 25K after 1p?

  • No. Participants who finish the 25K event after the finish line closes at 1p will be considered unofficial finishers and will not be included in the Official Results that are posted on the website
  • 25K runners not maintaining a 3.5 hours finish pace are participating at their own risk without race services and will be asked to move to the sidewalks
  • Age Group Awards for the 25K, 10K and 5K Run will be mailed out in June

Can I print my finisher certificate?

  • Yes – Printable certificates are available by clicking your name in the results and then the printable certificate icon

How can I volunteer?

  • The Amway River Bank Run could not function without volunteers
  • Email the Race office