EDINBURG -- Thousands gathered outside of the Richard R. Flores stadium Saturday morning to participate and observe the 36th annual Edinburg All-America 10k.

The race has come a long way since it was first started in 1982. It took them a while to reach numbers above the hundreds, but this year they broke an all-time record with more than 7700 participants registered.

It has become one of the most successful races in the Valley. According to Mayor Richard Molina, that’s attributable to the city’s staff and volunteers who put it together.

“It doesn’t get any better than this,” Molina said. “The mayor and the council get a lot of credit, but we shouldn’t get any of it. The staff and the volunteers on our 10k board have put countless hours in to make this a successful event. There were naysayers saying we wouldn’t get the same numbers as last year, you won’t get the same as we did before. But guess what? We broke the record this year.”

Right before 9 a.m., the crowd of runners gathered behind the finish line to begin the race. Those running varied in size, age and origin. One runner, Ramiro Leos-Coral, came all the way Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico. He’s been participating in the race for 30 years now.

The 74-year-old is sponsored by a local business man and priest in his hometown, who have seen the value it has added to his health.

“I feel great,” he said in Spanish, as he did his last stretch before the race.