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2020 Skeleton Race brings new health guidelines and hundreds of runners

The Skeleton Run put on by the Utica Roadrunners normally marks the end of their event season, however, this year it was there first in-person event since the pandemic began. Club President Jim Mott said all of their in-person events were either cancelled or went completely virtual.

Posted: Oct 11, 2020 6:22 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2020 10:55 PM

SAUQUOIT, N.Y. --- The Skeleton Run put on by the Utica Roadrunners normally marks the end of their event season, however, this year it was there first in-person event since the pandemic began. Club President Jim Mott said all of their in-person events were either canceled or went completely virtual.

"Everyone's missed each other so the virtual events are going to help people and through social media, they can stay connected. But this is what running is all about. This is why people do these events it's not for competition necessarily it's just the camaraderie," said Mott.

The 5K run is normally held in Deerfield, but this year due to the pandemic it was moved to Pumpkin Junction in Sauquoit. Organizers had to ensure people followed strict guidelines such as mask-wearing and social distancing to allow the run to happen. Runners were also sent out in waves of 50 instead of all at once.

"Since it's private property, we're able to hold an event like this and as long as we keep the number at 50 per wave we are within the restrictions," said Mott.

Mott said over 200 people registered for this year's run. The Utica Roadrunners want to thank the owners of Pumpkin Junction for allowing them to use their land.

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