GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Organizers say they have delayed the Amway River Bank run for later this year.
The race was scheduled to take place in May, but it has now been pushed back to October 23, 2021.
“The safety of the runners, volunteers and supporters has always been at the center of every decision we’ve made regarding last year’s and this year’s event,” said Russ Hines, owner of Riverbank Events and Media, which owns and operates the annual event. “Even though we do expect there to still be COVID-19 safety precautions in place this October, we felt that it was in everyone’s best interest to allow more time to be comfortable with an in-person event."
Specific safety precautions and details are still being worked out.
“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 River Bank Run race director David Madiol said. “We continue to be very grateful for the community’s support this past year and look forward to seeing people’s smiles downtown next October, even if they’re behind masks!”
Organizers say those who registered for May 8, 2021, are automatically confirmed for the event scheduled in October.