The Best Day In Oneonta

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October 1, 2017

Oneonta, NY

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About Ricky J. Parisian and the Pit Run

Named after Ricky J. "Pit" Parisian, a 34-year-old New York State Trooper who was killed in 1994 while trying to stop an armed robbery, the Pit Run is designed to be a day of joy, celebration, and fun for the whole community.

The race has many different events: A sanctioned 10K race, a 5K run, a two mile stroll, and a kids' fun run. The other important part of the day is a community celebration consisting of a picnic, music, games, and a lot of fun! The day is designed to celebrate Rick's life by bringing the community together for a fun, healthy afternoon of outdoor activities.

About Ricky J. Parisian

In his short number of years, Ricky touched everyone he came into contact with in a very special way. He was honest, intelligent, caring and compassionate, and had the ability to laugh loudly and often. He was a leader in work and play and once you were his friend, you were always his friend. An Oneonta native, Ricky was an enthusiastic athlete at Oneonta High School. He loved football and proved to be a leader on the field. He met his future wife, Debra, while she was attending the State University College at Oneonta. They were married in June 1984.

 In 1983, he joined the Oneonta City Police, enjoying the idea that he was adding to the greater good of the city. In 1986, he became a New York State Trooper. He was stationed in Oneonta, where he and Deb built a home. In 1992, he was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit office in White Plains, working largely undercover in an effort to combat drug trafficking and organized crime. He maintained his home in Oneonta, commuting every week. He loved his work and saw it as his duty in life to make his corner of the world a little safer.

It was here in Oneonta, while grocery shopping with Deb, that he attempted to stop an armed robbery in progress. After ensuring that customers and patrons were safe, he confronted the robber. A scuffle ensued and, in trying to tackle the robber, Ricky was shot in the chest. He died as a result, but not before pulling off the robber's mask so that he could be identified, caught, and tried.

Ricky exhibited heroism, though he would not have seen it that way. He was loyal to his ideals to the very end. The Pit Run is a celebration of his ideals and his joy of life.