Published On: Mar 15 2014 11:22:40 AM EDTUpdated On: Mar 15 2014 01:44:43 PM EDT
Channel 4 fielded 25 runners for Saturday's race, including John Gaughan, Richard Nunn, Adrienne Moore, Kumasi Arron, Elizabeth Campbell, Erica Rakow and Crystal Moyer. All but three of them were there in time for this pre-race photo.
The elite women are released six minutes before the first men to complete in for the $5,000 Equalizer Bonus.
Shalane Flanagan -- a 32-year-old Olympic bronze medalist from Portland, Oregon -- jumped to a huge lead before reaching the 1-mile mark and never looked back.
The top-seeded men are at the front of the first wave of 5,000 runners.
To help keep the runners safe, there are a total of four waves of runners released to keep the first couple of miles of the 9.3-mile course from being too congested.
With over 17,000 runners, it takes more than 20 minutes for the last person in the line to cross the starting line on Gator Bowl Boulevard. Not to worry, a chip tied in shoelaces of each registered participant keeps track of their time from the start line to the finish line.
A media truck proceeds the lead pack of men as they cross the Main Street Bridge.
Ten minutes later, the bridge is crowded with runners.
By the time the time the last recreational runners got through the starting gate, the elite women are making the turn off Hendricks Avenue in San Marco -- just before the four-mile mark.
Three minute later, first group of men made the turn. At that point Christopher Derrick led defending champion Benjamin True by one stride.
Channel 4's cameras would next see the race leaders on Atlantic Boulevard water station as they approached the Hart Bridge -- about two miles to go.
The streets and bridge closer to the head of the race are still packed with runners as the elites approach the finish line.
The recreational runners need all the encouragement they can get.
Shalane Flanagan, 32, of Portland, Oregon, set a new American record, finishing the 15K with an unofficial time of 46:59.
Not quite four minutes later, Ben True finishes at 43:04, besting last year's winning time by more then 30 seconds.
For the next two hours, runners of all ages, sizes and shapes would continue to pound the course.
Coming off the Hart Bridge -- known among the runners as "The Green Monster," their goal was in sight.
Lots of celebrations go on at the finish line.
Crowds await the runners to congratulate them.
One runner had a very special post-race celebration, as Taylor Sutton's boyfriend, Cooper Alexander, dropped to one knee to pop the question. She said yes.
For every one of more than 15,000 runners who completed the 15K, the finish line was a welcome sight and the realization of a goal.