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A rainbow over the Butter Trail

Tatamagouche event a success for minor hockey

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Oct. 1, 2017

TATAMAGOUCHE, N.S. – Tim Boutilier would love to tell you about how beautiful and scenic the Butter Trail Run is, but he can’t. He was too busy to notice.
The Truro Heights runner won the 10K race on Tatamagouche on Saturday, but was pushed to a “suicide pace” by Daniel Quinn, who was on his heels for most of the race.
“We both started out leading,” said Boutilier. “He kept a nice, steady pace, and I ran like hell to get some distance ahead. At the turnaround, I was forced to see how close he was, and he was close. I could picture in my mind the footsteps behind me, then the ‘Looking strong, Tim’ as I get passed.”

The Langille family was well represented at the Butter Trail Run in Tatamagouche, N.S. on Saturday, Sept. 30, (from left) Beth, Jennifer, Mark and Jack, who came first in the 5K race.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Langille

Refocusing on his running, and inspired by a rainbow he admired prior to the race, he finished with a time of 39:55 and gave credit to his new running competitor.
Boutilier said he loves the small community races because they attract social runners, walker and families. But for any other details about Saturday’s race, he had little to offer.
“The Butter Trail Run might be beautiful to run, the course might be flat, the weather might be perfect,” he said. “I’ll have to let you know next year.”
Quinn finished in second place with a time of 40:54, followed by Bryan Green at 46:32. The top female finisher was Christie Hammell of New Glasgow at 46:51, followed by Sonya Fury at 53:20, and Genevieve Lemieux at 53:21.
A few of of the 10K runners ended up putting in more distance than they expected, when a course error added an extra 1.4K to their run. Organizer Kelly Tucker admitted the mistake was on their end.
“After apologizing, they were fine and very understanding,” she said. “We have offered free registration to those runners next year.”
In the 5K race, it was local runner Jack Langille who finished in first place, with a time of 21:03. The Tatamagouche youth has run the race every year since 2008.
 “I was very happy with my performance, as it was my first year winning the race,” he said. “To me, that really showed me how my hard work has paid off.”
The Butter Trail Run is held as a fundraiser for the Tatamagouche Minor Hockey Association, and Langille said he appreciates having it in the community.
“My mom and her friend started it to support the community, and that’s something that’s always meant a lot to me,” he said.
“I enjoy running as a hobby and for fitness and, to have an event like this where I can do something I like so much in my hometown is awesome.”
Finishing in second place was top female finisher Rachel Walton of Wallace, with a time of 22:17, followed by second place male David McLeod at 22:49.
McLeod said he thoroughly enjoyed the event, which sees the 5K and 10K races take different routes at the start, with both spending plenty of time on the Butter Trail, a section of the Trans Canada Trail.
“The course has its hills, especially between the 3-4K mark in the 5K race, but it is scenic,” he said. “In fact, when you get onto the trail, it is probably the nicest course I have ever run on, and I have done many races over the years.”
He praised the organizers for the post-race activities and food, as well as the nice T-shirt and wooden “medal.” He said the Butter Trail Run is a fixture on his calendar.
“Despite a fairly challenging course, I always seem to run well here, and the weather has been near perfect the last two years since they moved it from early September to late September/early October,” said McLeod.
Finishing in fourth place was Barry Mason at the 23:40 mark, while second among females was Cheryl Allen at 25:12, followed by Carol Puszka at 26:38.
For complete official results by Atlantic Chip, visit here .
After a cool morning with a few showers, the sky cleared for the 140 registered runners. Offered for the first time, the 3K kids’ run saw many 8-9-year-olds compete in their first run, according to Tucker.
“Once again we had a very successful fundraiser,” she said. “We learned more, and all are excited for our 10th run in 2018.”