Just south of 10th Street on McLean, with about three miles left in the River Run 10K, Moses Tum was the first runner to make the turn. He headed back south and was alone with the lead car. He quickly found out he wouldn't be alone for long.
Roar after roar of applause greeted him the entire way back. It came from across the street from his competitors and from the many fans who lined the streets.
It was all the motivation he would need.
Tum, 29, won the 2010 River Run 10K race for the second consecutive year in a personal-best time of 30 minutes, 44 seconds, just a week after setting his previous best time.
"It was fast, but if I'm not tired, I'm going to go for it," Tum said. "Before the race, I didn't know I was going to break 31 minutes. It wasn't my goal but it was just that fast."
Daniel Craig finished second in 31:26; Brent Bailey finished third, nearly three minutes after Tum.
Tum, who won the 1,500 at the NCAA championships in 2005, was determined to improve on a slower run last year.
"I like this race, last year I won it, but it was a slow time so today I wanted to prove something," Tum said.
Tum took the lead early, and once on First Street he took over and quickly separated from the pack.
"I was with the (lead) cars and they were helping me a lot and I decided to go for it," Tum said. "There was no pain at all."
As he made the turn at 10th street, he got to enjoy his favorite part of the race.
"I love the people, people were cheering for me while running, also people standing and yelling 'Go for it,' " Tum said. "All of a sudden, I said 'Wow that's the finish line' because I was having so much fun."
Kimber Lemon, a Wichita State cross country and track runner from 2004-2009, was the fastest woman. Lemon, from London, Ontario, ran the 10K in 37:33 in her first River Run. She used to be in the middle of track season during the River Run but welcomed the chance to compete in it.
"It's a huge honor to win and I've been training all year looking forward to this race," Lemon said. "It's the big race in town and I like to compete. I thought it went pretty well."
Rebecca Jons finished second in 38:20, but Lemon had the advantage of two out of three great sections of the race.
"I came out pretty hard, slowed down just a little in the middle, and really picked it up at the end," Lemon said.
Lemon got the same response as Tum as she made her way across the Douglas bridge.
"It's really great when you are coming back and everyone is cheering and screaming and all the runners are so encouraging," Lemon said. "The bridge was lined with all the people and the banner, announcer, and music was all great."