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Running the River Bank: Amy Price

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Amy Price

Amy Price

The 33rd running of the Fifth Third River Bank Run is set for Saturday, May 8. It is estimated that nearly 20,000 people will line up and run one of three races or participate in a 5k (3.1 miles) community walk. The distances for the races are 25k (15.6 miles), 10k (6.1 miles) or 5k . The 25k race is the largest race in the U.S. The races begin at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Grand Rapids with staggered start times.

Among the runners in the 10k race is Amy Price who lives in Heritage Hill and works downtown.

Which race are you running and why?

I’m doing the 10k. It’s more of a challenge than a 5k but not as terrifying/insane to me as the 25k.

Are you a repeat racer, if so how many have you run?

I did the Riverbank 5k a few years ago for the first time. It was a good time, like a street party with exercise and a beer at the end.

Describe your training program

I don’t know that I have a training program really. I’ve been running on the treadmill over the winter, and will soon hit the pavement outside. I like to run at GRCC’s track (which is open to the public!)

What is appealing to you about running?

I’ve never found anything that improves my fitness level as dramatically and in such a short time. I like the endorphins, too.

What animal do you run like?

I would like to say like a lion or a big cat but I don’t think that’s the case. More like someone’s big old black lab, I happily lumber along.

Do you run with music or not? If so, what kind?

Most definitely music, and always techno/trance. The pounding bass and repetition really get me in a zone. I never listen to it when I’m not exercising though.

What is your biggest fear, if any, in running the River Bank Run?

I want to be making a cool pose for my finish line picture. I haven’t decided yet if it will be “v” for victory or I’m “#1.”

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