A Partnership in Wellness

Spectrum Health is proud to support and continue a 40 year tradition of the River Bank Run by supporting this long standing community initiative through providing medical support. 

In 1978, over 1,000 runners took to the streets on the second Saturday of May for the first annual Old Kent River Bank Run.  In 2001, Old Kent Bank merged with Fifth Third Bank, and the event was renamed to showcase its new owner.

The River Bank Run will celebrate 41 years of road running on Saturday, May 12, 2018. More than 17,000 people are expected to compete in the event which features the largest 25K road race in the country and offers the only 25K Wheelchair racing division in the world along with a 25K Handcycle division. The USA 25 km Open Championships will run concurrently with the 25K event. In addition to the 25K, participants can choose from the 25K Relay, 10K Run, 5K Run, Team Competition for  25K, 10K, 5K Run, 5K Community Walk and Fifth Third Junior Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

 See the Ways We Support on Race Day and Beyond

Spectrum Health Medical Group  Orthopedics


Spectrum Health Medical Group  Orthopedics

Dr. Matt Axtman, a sports medicine specialist, provides tips to help avoid common running injuries that could send you from a 5K back to the couch. He covers setting goals, developing a proper training program and more.

James Lebolt, DO, orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, discusses the increase of ACL injuries in teenage female athletes, and why this injury may have longer-lasting effects than once thought.