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Runners Lace up for July Fest Parlor City 5K Run

As July Fest activities have hit the ground running, so are some members of the community.

Saturday morning the 8th annual July Fest Parlor City 5K Run was held in the streets of Binghamton.

More than 250 participants laced up their running shoes. Starting on Eastern Court Street, going through the designated course and ending back at the festival. Organizers say the race gives runners a significant glimpse of the Binghamton area.

"It's about our downtown and it's a beautiful way to see the historic parts of our community and it's a big part of July Fest. And why's it good for Binghamton? Because running is healthy. I'm amazed at how many people from far away apply and come to our race," said July Fest Event Coordinator Ron Sall.

A portion of the proceeds raised by the race will benefit the Magic Paint Brush Project, an organization that provides family and community engagement programs that serve individuals of all ages with special needs.
July Fest continues through Sunday.