GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- It's a day runners have spent many months and many miles training for. The 37th Fifth Third River Bank Run is Saturday.

There are several different races ranging in distance from a 5K to a 25K.

More than 21,000 people are expected to participate in the different events, including wheelchair and handcycle races, throughout the morning.

The students and staff at Grandville High School are using the River Bank Run to help them deal with the deaths of two of their students, Alyssa Arends and Ryan Fischer.

Fischer's best friend, Brendan Kelly, organized the school's participation in the race, putting all proceeds toward the Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship.

For the scholarship funds to be awarded, Kelly and his dad are aiming to raise $100,000 by October.

As many as 120 Grandville students and teachers will be wearing shirts honoring the students in the run. So far, supporters have raised $30,000 for the scholarship fund, with donations coming from as far away as Florida.

There is also a group running in memory of Marquis Gresham, who was killed late last month, in a drive-by shooting in Muskegon Heights.

Gresham helped Muskegon Heights to the high school basketball state semi-finals.

A group of mentors who were close to Marquis, as well as Marquis's older brother, will run the 25K in his honor.

Read or Share this story: