15,000 runners hit the pavement for the 39th annual Bix 7 race.
"It's just really something that I think the entire community appreciates because so many people come from other communities," says Gary Hirsch, volunteer.
Saturday was the coldest ever start to the Bix with a temperature of 56 degrees.
"When it's cool the time are faster, but there can be a lot of problems with that because people over extend themselves because they think it's so cool," says Ed Froehlich, Race Director.
Genesis Health was on site making sure everyone was safe and sound. There were no serious injuries, but runners say they were thankful for the cool temps.
"The last couple of years were miserable because it was so hot," says Tyler Smith of Davenport.
"This year was nice and cool and got my muscles loose and it was nice." "It's very cool this year," says Jennifer Rushton. "It's not too hot. You weren't agonizing in pain the whole time. There was so much more music. The slip and slide was great and there was so much hospitality in the whole thing. People cheering everyone they don't know. It was amazing."
And businesses cashed in from the thousands of tourists in the area.
"Now that the Bix is in town, intensely busy," says Molly Vanze, Beignet Done That Supervisor. "Intensely busy, a lot of new guests coming in to try items, our new menu, our beignets."
Local business owners are hoping things are even busier next year.
Security was beefed up at the Bix in light of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Bix stationed the police and fire department, along with volunteer security around the course. There was also a chain link fence at both the start and the finish line to make sure the sidewalk is clear in that area.
"The security was very heightened throughout the whole event, but I don't think anybody noticed anything different," Froehlich adds. "I think if you came here the last 10 years and this year, you'd think it was all the same, so it all worked and I think it was pretty well hidden."
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