CREATED Jun. 8, 2013
GREEN BAY- A record breaking year for the Bellin Run! 20,000 runners packed the streets for the 37th annual Bellin Run. With more people than ever organizers are forced to ramp up security in light of the tragedy in Boston, but are these new precautions slowing things down and getting in the way of the run?
With so many people registering for the race, runners have to get an early start this year and they were greeted with more faces in uniform than ever before, but most runners say you can never be too safe.
At the sound of the gun shot exactly 20,000 people head for the finish line, but scattered throughout the course were police officers and security teams.
"Every corner, every side street looked like there was plenty of it," said Brandt Treichel when talking about the added security he saw on the course. Treichel ran with the My Team Triumph runners this year for the first time, but he's run other races before and he says he could see a difference.
All this added safety after the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.
"I definitely think it's necessary and to show the presence that we're here, we don't allow things like that in our community, we don't want things like that in our community," said Jessica Beauleau, a runner in the Bellin Marathon this year.
Organizers also added video surveillance cameras around the course, but they took it a step further with more medical staff.
"We actually have GPS tracking on all of our medical personal out on the course," said Randy Van Straten, the executive director of the Bellin Run.
Once a call is placed for someone hurt on the course, that call is then tracked and the information is sent to a dispatch center, which increases response time.
All of these additional measures are not a problem for most runners though.
"Last night was really smooth, today's been really smooth. Again it just makes you feel so much more secure knowing that everybody has thought through everything and it's just running even better because of it," said Beauleau.
This year's Bellin Run brought in people from 40 different states, but 80 percent of runners are less than 60 miles away from Green Bay.
The 10K winner for the men was Lani Rutto Kiplagat of Kenya. He claimed the top spot with a time of 29:12. Kiplagat was the runner up for the past two years, making today extra special for him.
"I am so happy. When I came in second I was happy but today is my day and I am happy," said Kiplagat on his big win.
Kiplagat beat out defending champion Allan Kiprono who came in at 29:34 and Bill Jones of Lawrence, Kansas who placed third.
For the ladies Risper Gesawba, also from Kenya took home her second straight title as the women's first place finisher in the Bellin Run with a time of 32:58.
Coming in second for the women was Millicent Kuria, also from Kenya, with a time of 33:23 and third Mellisa Johnson-White of Naples New York with a time of 33:24.
When asked about her big win Gesawba had this to say, "I feel good because I improved my time by 10 seconds from last year and defended my champion title."
Many of the runners said the cooler temperatures helped out a lot with running the race this year.