Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Event Start Times (adjusted for Fall)

What are the Registration Fees and Deadlines?
  • Registration is available online until Tuesday, October 20 at 11:59p EDT
  • Late registration is available on Friday, October 23 during Event Check-in held in conjunction with the Sports & Fitness Expo in DeVos Place (cash, check or credit card)
  • NO registration available on Event Day, however, you may check-in for your event beginning at 6a in DeVos Place
  • Registration Fees and Deadlines (pdf)

What are the minimum age requirements?
  • 25K — minimum 14 years of age by October 24, 2020
  • 10K, 5K Run, and 5K Community Walk — all ages welcome.
  • Amway Junior (1/2 mile and 1 mile fun runs) — ages 5 through 12 (rescheduled date tbd)

Are the courses certified?
  • Yes (USATF-certified)

Is there a time limit?
  • 12p (noon)
  • Participants finishing after 12p 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 Gazelle Sports, 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
  • Learn more about pacers by clicking here and at the Sports & Fitness Expo in the Gazelle Pacer Booth

What training resources are available?
  • Training Guide, containing schedules for the 25K, 10K, 5K Run and 5K Walk 
  • Community Training Run/Walk – 1st Saturday of the Month (Dec-May), 8a – David D. Hunting YMCA - canncelled (Fall dates tbd)
  • No Problems Training Run – 2nd Tuesday of the Month (Dec-April), 6p – Perrin Brewing Company - canncelled (Fall dates tbd)

Will there be a Sports & Fitness Expo?
  • YES, Friday, October 24 (11a-9p)  (DeVos Place)
  • Held in conjunction with Event Check-in/Late Registration
  • Free and open to the public
  • Featuring 80+ vendors
  • River Bank Run SHOP
  • Product sampling featuring Amway’s nutrition products and more
  • Perrin Beer Garden
  • Relaxation Area with complimentary mini massages, yoga and mani’s
  • Photo booth opportunities

How do I know if I'm registered?
  • Online registrations receive an immediate e-mail confirmation
  • Check the address and other information (shirt size, age, etc.) on your confirmation to be sure it is correct
  • If you did not receive an email confirmation or your information is not correct, please go to RunSignUp, click on the Find a Participant tab and enter your name and click on More Details tab

Where and when do I check-in for my event?
  • Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 23 from 11a to 8p at DeVos Place
  • Saturday, October 24 beginning at 6a at DeVos Place

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.  Please be aware of your surroundings and keep the volume at a level that enables you 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
  • Oranges and watermelon
  • Bagels
  • Recharge Bars
  • Yogurt

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 1.5 miles and in the post-event refreshments area
  • 25K Aid Station at the half-way point (near Veterans Memorial Drive and Butterworth) will have orange slices and ice
  • 25K Energy Station just before 6 miles will have GU Energy Gel (vanilla bean, salted caramel and tri-berry)
  • 10K Aid Stations will be offered approximately every two miles featuring Gatorade and Ice Mountain water and in post-event refreshments area
  • 5K Aid Station at the halfway point will have Gatorade and Ice Mountain water and in post-event refreshments area

Is gear check available?
  • Complimentary gear check will be available in DeVos Place
  • You will receive a clear gear check bag along with your participant bib and t-shirt at Event Check-in
  • Please use this bag to check your gear prior to your event.  No personal bags will be accepted
  • Claim your gear after your event in DeVos Place no later than 12:30 pm on event day.  Amway River Bank Run cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen items. Participants are responsible for any clothing articles they choose to discard at the start and/or along the course. Security will be sweeping both areas and will dispose of items found unattended. Event officials collect clothing articles discarded at the start or along the course and donate to a charity

Will there be porta-jons available?
  • Near the start line
  • Approximately every 1.5 miles along the event courses (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)
  • OR, take advantage of the Changing Tent on Calder Plaza inside the Finish Fest to change into clean/dry clothes

Is there a post-event party?
  • The Finish Fest on Calder Plaza from 7:30a-2p
  • Admission is free
  • Food concessions from Chick-Fil-A (cash only)
  • A cash bar featuring Michelob Ultra, Budweiser, Perrin Brewing Company, Ice Mountain water and Pepsi products will be available (picture ID will be required or beer purchase)
  • The Finish Fest will also feature a DJ, live race feed on a JumboTron and other activities

Can I change my clothes at the Finish Fest party?
  • Post- event changing tents (men and women) available near the north wall on Calder Plaza
  • Change into clean/dry clothes and enjoy your complimentary beverage while watching the live race broadcast and finish line feed on the Jumbotron

Who are the charity partners?
  • Five Charity Partners were selected to market their missions to participants, volunteers and sponsors
  • To make a contribution to a charity affiliated with the Amway Bank Run, contact the charity of your choice to find out how you can be a part of their team
  • Find out how you can run/walk on behalf of charity!  

I noticed a mistake in my registration confirmation, how do I fix it?
Online through October 16 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

After October 16, make changes in person at the Sports & Fitness Expo on Friday, October 23 between 11a to 8p or Saturday, October 24 starting at 6a.  Pick up your registration event bib and head to "Solutions/Race Changes"

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

Online through October 16 at 11:59p (edit)

  • Log into your RunSignUp account
  • 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”
  • Complete the step by step process

After October 16, transfer events in-person on Friday, October 23 at the Sports & Fitness Expo between 11am and 8pm or Saturday, October 24 starting at 6a. Pick up your registered event bib and head to “Solutions/Race Changes”

Can I get a refund?

All events are non-refundable, however. options are available:

Transfer or gift to a friend/family
Online through October 16, 11:59p (edt)

  • Login into your RunSignUp account
  • In your profile, scroll to the bottom of the screen and you’ll find “my registered races”
  • You’ll see your RBR registration.  Select “manage”
  • Select from the menu “transfer or gift registration”  and then follow thru the process
Defer your registration to 2021  **Deferred registrations cannot be transferred or gifted to someone else
Online through Friday, October 20, 11:59p (edt)
  • Log into your RunSignUp account
  • In your profile, scroll to the bottom of the screen and you’ll find “my registered races”
  • You’ll see your RBR registration.  Select “manage”
  • Select from the menu “defer registration”  and then follow thru the process
  • Defer your registration to next year* ($10 for 25K / $10 for 10K & 5K and $5/5K Walk).  The deferment fee basically covers event t-shirt and medal cost

* Defer one year only.  If you do not participate in 2021, your registration will be switched into the Virtual Race

How do I claim my deferred registration?
  • A confirmation message was be sent to the email used when registering in 2019
  • “Claim” your registration by click on the  Find a Participant
  • Click “is this you”by your name and begin the “claim” process
  • Email if you have troubles claiming your 2019 deferment

Don't see your registration in “my registered races”

  • Click on this link to “Find a Participant” – enter your name
  • Click on “is this you”
  • Follow the step by step claiming process

I'd like to change my shirt size/upgrade to Tech Shirt

Online through October 16 at 11:59p (edt)

  • Log into your RunSignUp account
  • Go to your “Profile”
  • Scroll to “My Registered Races” menu at bottom of page
  • Find your Amway River Bank Run registration; then click “Manage”
  • Select “Giveaway” from the menu and modify your shirt size/style
  • Tech shirt quantities are limited and may not be available

I won't be able to participate, can i still pickup my t-shirt?
  • YES! Please stop by and pick up your t-shirt and participant bib during Event Check in/Late Registration held during the Sports & Fitness Expo in DeVos Place on Friday, October 23 from 11a-8p or Saturday, October 24 beginning at 6a
  • If you can’t make it Event Weekend, please email for your shirt to be mailed to you

What hotel accommodations are available?

 Visit Grand Rapids

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 23 at 5:30p
  • Downtown streets near the start and finish line will begin to close at 5:30a on race day
  • More than 15,000 participants, 20,000 spectators and 1,800 volunteers will be looking for parking all at the same time
  • Please plan to arrive early for an easier parking experience

What are the typical weather conditions on event day?
  • Average temps range from the low 40’s to 60’s at 7:30a and climb throughout the morning
  • Go to Wood Radio 106.9 | 1300 during event week for weather updates and information

What is the chronotrack B-tag system?
  • The Chronotrack B-Tag System will be used to score all events
  • Your B-Tag will be attached to the participant bib you receive at Event Check-in/Late Registration at DeVos Place
  • Please keep your B-Tag attached to your participant bib on the front of your shirt on event day to ensure your results are recorded properly

When and where will I find race results?
  • Unofficial results are posted immediately after your event with official results posted on Sunday online at 
  • Team results will be available online after 4p on October 27

Will my results be posted if I finish the 25K after 12p?
  • No. Participants who finish the 25K event after the finish line closes at 12p will be considered unofficial finishers and will not be included in the Official Results that are posted to the website
  • 25K runners not maintaining a 3.5 hours finish pace are participating at their own risk without race services

Can I print my finisher certificate?
  • Yes – Printable certificates are available by clicking your name in the results and then clicking the printable certificate icon

How can I volunteer?
  • The Amway River Bank Run could not function without thousands of volunteers
  • Register Today! 
  • Email the Race office

How do I update my Estimated Finish Time? 
  • Login to your RunSignUp account
  • Click on your profile picture
  • Scroll to locate "my registered races"
  • Locate your RBR registration - click on "manage registration"
  • Estimated Finish Time is located in the menu on the left.
  • Click here for detailed instructions
  • Email the Race office if you have problems making the update