McALLEN--Late city commissioner, Scott Crane, helped foster the first McAllen Marathon (now the McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Memorial Run) in 2013, with the vision to “create an event that makes McAllen a destination,” his wife, Sasha Crane said.

This year’s race--which had over 1,300 runners registered, and is now a Boston Marathon qualifier--shows that Crane’s goal was reached.

“It’s an honor to have this as his legacy, and to see his name on such a great event,” Crane said.

“This was Scott’s lasting contribution to the city of McAllen,” Mayor Jim Darling said. The marathon brings people from all over the country and abroad, with six different countries represented at the race. Bringing tourists in can help shape the city’s image, Darling said.

“We get kind of a bad rap being on the border because people don’t know what the border is like,” he said. “So, it’s great to have people from out of town come and think ‘This is a pretty neat place’ and go back and tell people that.”

At the crack of dawn, the sea of runners were serenaded by the McAllen High School Mariachi as they took off for their tour of the city. Awaiting them at the finishing line was a ice-cold malt beverage (courtesy of Michelob Ultra), massages and other refreshments.

Steve Morris, a McAllen resident who participated in the race said he was more than content with the experience.

“It was a good run with lots of good people,” he said, catching his breath.