July Fest kicks off Saturday with 5K

By Conor Mooney

July 13, 2013 Updated Jul 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Saturday's activities for July Fest kicked off with hundreds of runners lacing up their sneakers and taking to the streets for the Parlor City 5K.

Saturday marked the sixth year for the race.

It's hosted by the Downtown Binghamton Business Association as well as the city of Binghamton.

The starting gun went off on on the Court Street Bridge just after 9 a.m.

Racers crossed the Chenango River into the city's west side.

First to cross the finish line was a Binghamton University cross country athlete coming in at 15:10.

"We're just going out here to see what we can do. This is part of our summer training," said Vasili Papastrat.

The first place finisher among the women runners was Nicole Vannostrand, who made a big personal leap in a short amount of time.

"Well, I haven't done a 5K in a year. I just started running a year ago, did a few half marathons and loved it, so this was kind of pushing myself to do something faster."

After the 5K, many racers wandered further down Court Street, where many vendors had set up shop to sell to the swelling crowd.

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