Top time for the 5K was 17:20

The First Annual Erie County Fair 5K Race was held this morning at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg. With a turnout of nearly 300 runners, the event was highly successful and brought runners from all over the state together for a great cause. A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Special Olympics of New York. The race was USTAF certified. Participants ran a 3.1 mile route from the Fairgrounds through the Town and Village of Hamburg, and returned back to finish on the track at the Fairgrounds. Medals were awarded to the top male and female runners in twelve different age groups.  

The overall male winner was Dan Ver of Hamburg, with a time of 17:20. Ver, 25, has been running since 2001 when he was in high school. He is looking forward to his next local race, the Fleet Feet 15K, in September. Dan has been coming to the Erie County Fair for years, and says his favorite stop is the Conservation Building. He also spent hours looking at the antique tractors this year. After the race, he couldn’t wait to order an Erie County Fair specialty: the Pot Roast Sundae.


Rachel McNamara was the top female runner in this year’s race. She finished the course with a time of 19:08. McNamara, 24, lives in South Buffalo. She has been running for 11 years, since she started in high school. She is excited to run the Turkey Trot coming up this fall. Rachel is excited to play “I Got It” at the Fair this year, and snack on some fried dough, her favorite fair treat.


Congratulations to all of the race’s participants. A list of all of the results can be found at  Keep running, and we hope to see you again next year!