Deerfield, N.Y. - It's become an annual tradition for Stephen Paddock, an Ilion native who now lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut, to come back home every October to take part in the annual Deerfield Skeleton Run which takes runners through the very scenic Deerfield Town Park Wilderness Trails.
Paddock did so once again on Sunday and this year he had incredible weather as he won this year's 5K race.
Paddock says this course is one of the toughest he faces, "It’s very hilly, kind of slippery, it never really lets you settle into a good groove. You’re always constantly working because there’s ups and downs, slight twist and turns."
Race Director Rick Gloo agrees this is a difficult course, "It’s kind of a tough course, it’s kind of a small trail at points, there’s some bridges."
Gloo likes to credit others who help him put this race on each year, "I've talked to 60 to 70 people this week that have helped out in some way. It all comes together with the community."
The race is put on by the Utica Roadrunners Running Club which promotes health and wellness here in the Mohawk Valley.
The Skeleton Run is a picturesque end to the outdoor running season for many here locally, including SUNY POLY student Jessie Chain, "It's a beautiful day honestly, it couldn’t get any better. Nice and cool temperatures. Fall is the best time for running. Like I said you can’t get any better than this kind of weather."