River Bank Run organizers say commitment from Katie McGregor boosts women’s field
By Howie Beardsley | The Grand Rapids Press
April 09, 2010, 10:00AM
GRAND RAPIDS — Unlike the American men’s field, Greg Meyer had found it difficult to round up top-notch talent for the Fifth Third River Bank Run’s 25-kilometer women’s event.

Not anymore.

Meyer, the longtime elite runner recruiter for USA Track & Field’s 25K championship race, has landed a major female catch with a commitment from Katie McGregor.

McGregor, 32, is a 2001 graduate of the University of Michigan who won the River Run and, consequently, the USATF national 25K title in 2007. She was a nine-time collegiate All-American, including NCAA cross country and 3,000-meter championships in 1998.

McGregor placed 10th at the 2006 and ’08 New York City Marathon.

“Katie is one of the top three or four women in the country, so it’s just incredible that we’re getting her to come to Grand Rapids,” said Meyer, a West Catholic and Michigan standout who is the last American to win the Boston Marathon (1983). He also is a seven-time champion of his hometown River Run.

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