For runners such as Oneonta resident Amanda LoPiccolo, the Pit Run is about adjusting her training schedule and mapping out a strategy in order to give herself the best chance to win.
Others such as Oneonta High sophomore Logan Mancuso have different motivations.
“I’ve run the Pit Run lots of times before,” said Mancuso, in his third year on the OHS cross-country team. “I just love to run.
“It’s nice that everybody’s there,” he added. “I see a lot of friends from school and people from around town that I know.”
Come Sunday morning, more than 1,000 runners from this area and beyond will take to the streets of Oneonta for the 19th annual road race.
An event that started as a 10-kilometer race in 1994 has blossomed into one that offers runners and walkers of all ability levels the chance to participate.
Though pre-registration is closed, runners can sign up the day of the race from 8-10:15 a.m. at Neahwa Park. The fee is $30 for the 10K, $27 for the 5K, and $23 for the two-mile stroll.
There’s also a kids’ fun run that kicks off the festivities at 9:45 a.m. It is free for children 10 and under.
The other three races start at 10:45 a.m. at the Main Street bridge.
“I think what makes it my favorite event, and I’ve been competing in it since I was in high school, is I love the community aspect of it,” said Unatego graduate LoPiccolo, the women’s 10K Pit Run winner in 2010 and last year’s runner-up. “Even community members who aren’t runners want to run in this event.”
The Pit Run is named in honor of Oneonta native Ricky “Pit” Parisian — a New York State Police Investigator who died while trying to prevent an armed robbery in 1994.