Patrick Hayes

Nearly 15,000 runners are gathered in the heart of a city. They are there to compete in a famous 10-mile race, celebrating its 40th anniversary, that attracts professional runners from all over the world. The participants are cheered on by thousands of supportive community members lining the streets of the course, hosting yard parties, playing live music, hosing down sweaty runners, and—in one case—handing out free Jell-O shots.

In short, it’s a giant, city-wide party whose citizens have one goal: welcoming visitors to their beautiful community.

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