Thousands of registered runners hit the streets early for the 41st annual Macon Labor Day Road Race.

For some, they first hit the pavement four decades ago.

Wayne Dean says he's one of the original Macon Labor Day Race Runners.

“Today will be number 40 in a row,” said Dean.

He says he missed the inaugural race in 1976 because of shin splits.

“The last few years have been a little more difficult. I haven't run as much,” said Dean.

Though he’s getting ‘grayer,’ he says he’s not ready to hang up his shoes just yet.

“I think I’ve got a few more years available,” said Dean.

For Dean, sitting at home on Labor Day morning isn't an option. He may not be the first to cross the finish line, but that's not what's important.

“I'm just glad that I'm able to still run this race. I thank the good Lord above that I still have my health,” said Dean.

The 5K kicked off at 8 a.m. on Vineville Avenue, near Vineville Baptist Church.

For the men, Justin Wachtel, of Forsyth, finished first with a time of 15:17. For the women, Erin Leonard, of Jones County, finished first with a 17:30.

The 10K race started at 8:30 a.m. on Forsyth Road. Troup Kirkus, of Kennesaw, finished with a time of 37:58. Megan Sapp, of Macon, finished with a time of 43:47.