Saturday morning the streets of Green Bay and Allouez are filled with people watching and running in the 38th annual Bellin Run. More than 18,000 people took part in the race, some for the first time.
"Oh my goodness. My adrenaline is pumping so much right now. It's unbelievable. It is an amazing experience," said Kimberly McDonough ahead of her first Bellin Run.
Others say the Bellin Run is always penciled in on their calendar.
"Just about every weekend in the summer I go running and this is the climax of all the races. This is the ultimate," said Bellin Run veteran James Felker.
"Well I know it was 15 years ago the first one," said Gerald Norz, whose family participates in the Bellin Run every year. "Back then all three of my daughters ran slower than I did. Now they're all up in corral 1 and I can't keep up with them anymore."
Race officials say the weather was what they were hoping for.
"It is starting off in the 4's and by race time it should be about 54 degrees. Which is absolutely perfect for a 10K run," said Bellin Run Medical Director Dr. Paul Casey.
Some of the top finishers in this year's Bellin run say the weather combined with the atmosphere helped them to have a race to remember.
"The crowd is amazing," said Jason Wesolowski after completing the Bellin run 10K. "There are so many people our supporting you. Every step of the run there is someone cheering you on which is amazing."
The winner finished the more than 6 mile race in just 28 minutes, but it's the thousands of other participants and hundreds of volunteers who have made this event one of the most beloved in Northeast Wisconsin.
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