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Hundreds Run to Honor Fallen Woman

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And before Spiedie Festivities took place, this morning hundreds took to Otsiningo Park to run in honor of a Broome County woman who passed away unexpectedly.

The Kelly LaBare 5K has been held every year since LaBare's passing in 1997 at the age of 25.

More than 400 people came out Sunday racing in her honor.

Family members say that she was a running enthusiast, who was also very social, making the race a suitable way to keep her memory alive in the community.

"The most important thing is celebrating Kelly's life, with the people that come year after year. Or the new people that come each year and they ask about Kelly. So it's more about everyone getting together because that's what was most important to Kelly," said Co-Race Director of Kelly LaBare 5K Byron LaBare.

"I'm from Greene, so the last time I ran was '09. So I came out just to support the community and help get other people out here," said 2015 NCAA 1500m National Champion Chad Noelle.

The LaBare family says inviting local runners who have been successful in the running field also helps to showcase the area's athletic talent.