Security procedures at River Bank Run
GRAND RAPIDS, (WZZM) - Saturday was the 36th year of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run, which is billed as the largest 25-kilometer road race in the United States.
The event also features 10K, 5K, 5K walk, and junior events.
A new American record was set for the fastest 25K run at this year's event. 27-year-old Muhamed Trafeh beat the previous record with a time of 1:14:18. Trafeh was born in Morocco and grew up in California.
Race organizers say the chance of rain caused spectator attendance to drop a bit from last year. "A fantastic day in downtown Grand Rapids. Over 21,000 participants. Police are estimating over 30,000 spectators, and we've had over 2,000 volunteers show up to help put things on," said Race Director Kristen Aidif.
Some of those participants, were also runners in this year's Boston Marathon.
"This is wonderful," said Boston runner Lewis Hayden on the local support. "I think it would be awful to see bare streets and only a few runners."
The bombings caused added security at this year's River Bank Run. "We've got a more visible, and mobile police force this year," said Aidif. "A lot of participants came down prepared...we had a lot less left along the start line that security had to go through."