Double Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebrselassie shot to the finish line in 61 minutes six seconds - shaving four seconds off the current record.
And the Ethiopian's impressive new time was a fitting tribute to this year's new race route.
But the day was not just about top athletes - it was also about the thousands of amateur runners determined to complete the course and raise cash for charity.
Karen Hands, 23, completed the 10k to raise cash for both the Yorkhill Foundation and Macmillan Cancer.
Karen, from Shotts, said: "The atmosphere was amazing and that helped with my nerves.
"I'm not really a runner and I've never done anything like this before but I've trained hard and I was determined not to walk any of it. I'm proud of my achievement and I've managed to raise money for two charities close to my heart."
Runners were waved off by Glasgow's Olympic gold medal rower Katherine Grainger.
Broadcaster Brian Burnett kept the crowds of runners pumped up as they waited for the start of their race, broadcast live on BBC2.
A new route designed to showcase Glasgow's Commonwealth Games venues, took the 23,000 runners around the city.
For the first time the route went from George Square over the Kingston Bridge, past House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park to Ibrox Stadium, Pacific Quay, the Finnieston Crane and the Clyde Auditorium.
It then weaved past the Riverside Museum, The Hydro and along to Glasgow Green.
Among those taking part were the friends and family of runner Aubrey Smith, who collapsed and died during last year's 30th anniversary race.
He became a victim of Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndrome and around 40 people ran in his honour to raise cash for charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).
The race, under overcast skies, gave amateur runners the chance to run side by side with some of the world's professional elite.
Yesterday's half marathon saw Gebrselassie first over the line in the men's race, followed by Kenya's Emmanuel Bett and Moroccan- born Ayad Lamdassem.
Three Scots finished in the first four of the women's race with Susan Partridge coming first, followed by Freya Ross before Kenya's Pauline Wanjiku and Steph Twell fourth.
Gebrselassie said: "Today was really wonderful. I am so happy. It was a perfect set-up. I didn't expect this kind of weather."
Simon Lawson won the men's wheelchair race, while Sammy Kinghorn from Kelso took the women's wheelchair title. On Saturday, about 3000 children took part in Super Saturday events for families and juniors.
Last year's race was the largest yet and saw 24,089 people take part.
This year Kenyan Joseph Birech - who has won the race the previous two years - also took part with Scottish Finance Minister John Swinney, world champion swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, Celtic boss Neil Lennon and Emmerdale stars Chris Chittell and Eden Taylor Draper.