Social media, hills and hops aim to keep you motivated

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Fifth Third Riverbank Run announces new events and schedule for 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Runners must battle these cold and snowy roads or face the treadmill.  Now, they can put some spring in their step.

Fifth Third Riverbank Run staff released their spring plans Wednesday morning. Race day is Saturday, May 10.  There's some changes to the schedule and fun new training ideas to get you motivated.

Three involve social media. There's a forum to network with others training, a podcast to listen to round-table discussions from experts, and a 2014 Road Warriors webcast that shows "how to" exercises, like proper stretching.

All the information is found at

But here's the training part, followed by fun. Also new this year, the Hump Day Hills and Hops is led by 7-time 25K champ Greg Meyer. He will lead you through your weekly hill run, followed by a trip to a pub.

"It is carbs and like everything it's everything in moderation, moderation is good. It's more just to be fun and to be social. Get runners together after a workout and let them share their stories, so they know they're not alone out there." said Meyer, athlete recruiter for the event.

They've also changed the start times for a few races this year. The 5K is 20 minutes earlier. Find the information and you can now sign up. .

Defending 2013 25K men's champion Julius Keter is returning, as well as 2012 25K woman's champion Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, the American record holder.

Top prize for the USA 25K Open Championship Division is $7,000.

There are 13 events, more than 21,000 people are expecting to race, 38,000 are expected to watch, and 2,000 people will volunteer.

Now if the weather is keeping you away, Meyer says there's lots of layering gear and breathable masks that can cover your face. But he says, keep your commitment and don't panic about missing a few days of training.

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