“We couldn’t do it without them,” he said, and they’re tight group that has been there for both the race and the family over the years.
“Oneonta is a unique community,” he said. “Everybody is there for us and for each other.”
Mark “Sid” Parisian helps organize the Law Enforcement Benefit Ride and motorcycle raffle, besides his race activities. This year, the August ride gave away its 11th motorcycle and contributed $22,000 to the foundation.
When the Pit Run was planned, “we didn’t anticipate it would be so big,” he said. That first year, there were almost 850 people. There were a lot of people who hadn’t run before but wanted to come and pay tribute to his brother.
There are still those who participate, but “we made it more of a community event” by adding different activities.
“The community has embraced it. Like Rick’s life, it has touched countless numbers of lives,” he said. “Thanks to the foundation, it will continue to do so.”