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Amway River Bank Run returns in 2021

Downtown Grand Rapids from the 28th floor by rkramer62 is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Grand Rapids’ Amway Riverbank Run returns this year.

The Amway River Bank Run is a right of spring. Since 1978, the River Bank Run is held the second weekend in May. But this year, the 44th annual downtown Grand Rapids race will move from May 8th to October 23rd.

The decision is based on participant health safety. Amway River Bank Run race director David Madiol said, “We feel delaying this year’s event to allow more participants and volunteers to be vaccinated will give us the chance to offer a safer and responsible in-person event.”

Amway’s 2021 River Bank Run is presented by Fifth Third Bank and Spectrum Health. The hospital was consulted recommending the reschedule.

CEO Tina Freese Decker said, “We commend and support Amway River Bank Run organizers in moving the event to the fall and balancing the desire to ‘return to normal’ with the need to protect the health and safety of participants and the community at large.”

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