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Thousands participate in the 2013 Crescent City Classic

New Orleans, LA -- A lot of people are probably watching with a few aches and pains after running the 35th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic.

The race got underway just after 8:00 a.m. Saturday, with a new route.

Kenyan, Isaiah Koech crossed the finish line first in 27 minutes, 32 seconds.

He says it's his first American road race, which took a lot of mental preparation.

"When I hit mile four my mind, I was focused to win the race and I was hoping to be in front," says Koech.

Koech may have set an unofficial world-record 8K time of 21:54 in the race.

Organizers say it will take approximately two weeks to confirm if the record was broken, but they credit a new course for faster times.

While the top finishers cooled down, many of the amateur runners began crossing the finish line.

"It's a good accomplishment," said Landon Griffin of Houston.

"Sometimes you get the minute you cross you're like thank God it's done, but then when you watch everybody is going through the same thing as you are and the mental toughness that you have to have in order to get through the finish line," Rachel Booth of Mandeville.

Each year approximately 3,000 new runners enter the Crescent City Classic.

Organizers say they are hoping to turn it into the top 10k race.

"It's an opportunity to bring in people from outside the country, you hear all the people coming across the line, California, Texas, Kenya, Ethiopia and it's and a beautiful time to highlight the city," said Jon Booth, whose wife competed in the race. 

Alice Kimutai of Kenya was the first female to finish the race, finishing 25th overall. 

She crossed the finish line in 31 minutes 51 seconds.

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