17,000+ take part in 41st Fifth Third River Bank Run

Posted at 2:50 AM, May 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-12 13:08:03-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Saturday kicked off with the 41st annual Fifth Third River Bank Run.

It took place in downtown Grand Rapids, where more than 17,000 people from all over the world competed in the country's largest 25k race.

The overall elite women's winner was Aliphine Tuliamuk of Flagstaff, Ariz., who reached the finish line first for the third year in a row with a time of 1:35.34.

And for the men, it went to the guy who everyone said was "the man to beat" -- Sam Chelanga of Colorado Springs, reaching the finish line in just less than 1:15.00.

The race also features the only 25k wheelchair and hand-cycle races.

Participants could choose between running in the 5, 10, or 25k. There are cash prizes for the first place winners, and for those who break the world and American record challenges.

Race Times:

  • 5K Run- 7 a.m.
  • 10K Run- 7:40 a.m.
  • 25K Handcycle-  8:15 a.m.
  • 25K Wheelchair-  8:16 a.m.
  • 25K Run-  8:18 a.m. (Elite women)/8:30 a.m. (Elite men & rest of field)
  • 5K Walk-  9 a.m.

Fox 17 News at 10 and 11 Saturday night will bring you live coverage from the start and finish lines of the races.