Runners race to remember at Spiedie Fest

By Conor Mooney

August 4, 2013 Updated Aug 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of runners kicked off the final day of Spiedie Fest with a race of remembrance.

The starting gun for the Kelly LaBare 5K went off at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Otsiningo Park.

Runners flew around the park's running trail before finishing near the front entrance.

LaBare was a teacher who died unexpectedly in 1997 when she was 25-years-old.

She was enthusiastic about running, and the race honors her memory.

"It's just good for everyone to get together and smile, and exercise for sure," said runner Connor Teming.

The winner of the race was Christian Thompson, clocking in at a time of 14 minutes and 43 seconds.

"It was a fast course, it was a beautiful day. You can't ask for better weather than this," said Thompson. "It was a really well organized race, well marked and it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it."