“It’s inspiring,” she said, adding that she wanted to start training to run next year.
And that’s part of what drives the Parisians, the 100 volunteers and the numerous sponsors.
“And even if people that come down to be a part of this and they learn of Rick today for the first time, then that’s a success, too,” Mark Parisian said.
He said he expected Sunday’s events would raise about $18,000 to $20,000 for the Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to Oneonta High School graduates.
Edmonds was joined by Amanda LoPiccolo of Oneonta, the women’s 10K winner, for an Otsego County sweep. The 5K race, on the other hand, was all Delaware County, with Julie Hilson of Bovina Center winning women’s division and Eli Townsend of Delhi winning the overall race.’
The all local character of the race, along picnic served up Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q’s, one of the sponsors, made the day a community celebration.
“We’ve been approached before about elite runners coming in, but they wanted to be paid,” Mark Parisian said. “This is a fundraiser. We’re not paying anybody to run in our race. It’s really nice to see the local people come in and have a chance to win.”
“We don’t have elite runners in the area, but we have a lot of good runners,” he added. “So, to see a local person come in, it’s a really neat thing.”
The races did attract runners from far away, such as Arizona, North Carolina and California, but the vast majority were from New York, including teams that Parisian said were formed specifically for the Pit Run.
Sunday’s event was dedicated to the memory of Dr. James Elting, an Oneonta orthopedic surgeon and a former member of the scholarship foundation’s board. Elting died in August at the age of 73.