Q. Do I have to attend every session?
A. Not at all! You are encouraged to attend as many sessions as you would like, whether it is one session a week or all four.
Q. How far is the race?
A. There are three race distances available for the Riverbank Run:
Q. Am I required to run the race?
A. You are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the actual race. It’s a great way to demonstrate your progress and see your results! We understand that participating in the race may not also be an option for people due to financial or scheduling limitations, and that is ok. We’d still love to have you train with us!
Q. How fast do I need to be able to run?
A. If you are planning on running, we ask that you please be able to maintain a pace between 15:00 minutes a mile and 6:00 minutes a mile. Needing to take an occasional walking break is just fine.
If you’re planning on walking, all you need is a walking buddy! No speed walking required.
Q. What's this I've heard about prizes?
A. New this year, we are offering prizes for people who attend sessions! Here’s how it works:
Q. How do I register to train with the GVSU training group?
A. To register with the GVSU training group, simply click HERE and fill out the proper registration form (student or non-student.)
NOTE: A valid student e-mail address is required to register for the program as a student.
Q. How much does the program cost?
A. The program is FREE for current GVSU students, faculty, and staff. For anyone else, the cost of the program is $20.
Q. Can I still participate in the training after it has started?
A. Of course! You are welcome to join at any time. Based off of when you join, your goals, and your current running ability, we can help you determine which race distance will be the best fit.
Q. What is the date of the race itself?
A. The 5/3 Riverbank Run is the second Saturday of May each year, which means it will be May 10th, 2014.
Q. How do I register for the actual race?
A. To register for the actual Riverbank Run, there are two options:
Q. What if I have other goals in addition to completing the race?
A. Not a problem! We will be able to work with you on an individual basis to meet your goals. Whether it’s weight loss, increasing flexibility, toning up, eating healthier, or anything else fitness related, we’ll help you get there!
Q. Will there be weekend long runs as a group?
A. Yes! We will be planning these throughout the training program, based off of the training schedules and participant availability.
Q. Am I allowed to walk instead of run?
A. Of course! If you are planning on walking the race in May, we’ll help you train to get ready.
Q. What kind of experience do I need to participate in the training program?
A. What kind of experience you’ll need (if any) depends on which event you’re thinking about doing. For safety reasons, here’s what we would like participants to have at the beginning of the training program:
Q. How do I know if I am healthy enough to train for one of these races?
A. The best and safest way to find out if you’re healthy enough to train for the Riverbank Run is to speak to your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor or your doctor is not readily available, please contact us- we have a questionnaire you can fill out that may help you determine if you’re healthy enough to begin an exercise program.
Q. Will the running be inside or outside?
A. Where running will occur depends on the location of the session. Downtown/Pew Campus sessions will entail running outside. Sessions held in Allendale will be up to each participant to decide- you can run inside or outside. We would encourage outside running, as it is much better training, but we recognize that it is your decision to make!
Q. What are the "teams" for Riverbank? How do they work?
A. The Riverbank “teams” are fun groupings that 5/3rd organizes.
Q. Am I required to be on a team?
A. Nope! We don’t want to pressure anyone into joining a team. They are completely optional.
Q. How do I make a financial gift to the university?
A. Making a financial gift to the university is easy and your gift is very much appreciated. To make a contribution, click HERE.
Q. I would like to participate in the River Bank Run, but can't attend any of the sessions. What should I do?
A. If you can’t attend any of the sessions, but would still like a customized training plan, we have a couple different options for you:
Q. What if I have a question that is not answered here?
A. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer your question promptly!