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Fifty-four turn out for
Run for OneSight

Fundraiser to help provide vision care to those in need

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Sept. 25, 2017

UPPER STEWIACKE, N.S. – This year, Tim Boutilier didn’t go chasing balloons.
The Truro Heights runner was first in the 10K race at the annual Run for OneSight on Saturday, crossing the line at the 42:51 mark, redeeming himself after a wrong turn led him astray last year.
“Even the race director, Daniel Nolan, announced the volunteers were there this year to prevent me from getting distracted,” said Boutilier, who turned off the route last year when he spotted balloons that he assumed were at the finish line. It turned out they were for a yard sale, and he has yet to live it down.

The annual Run for OneSight took place in Upper Stewiacke, N.S. on Saturday, Sept. 23, with 54 runners taking part in 10K and 5K races.

Photo courtesy of Danny Nolan

“I’m happy to be part of a good punch line,” he added.
Boutilier was one of 23 runners in the 10K race, while 31 took the 5K option, and 14 more did it virtually from various points in the United States. The event was a fundraiser for OneSight, a foundation supplying vision care and glasses to those in need both locally and around the world.
Knowing he is weaker on the uphills and stronger on the downhills, Boutilier planned his race accordingly, and everything went as planned this year.
“All in all, it was a great feeling of running, and challenging myself,” he said. “The people and volunteers were friendly and we had a great time.”
Winner of the 5K race was Kyle Cormier of Truro, who finished at 23:38. He described the event as a “great little run with pretty farmland views.”
“It’s not your typical big race with lots of fanfare and flash, it’s a very low-key event that celebrates running, plain and simple,” he said. “It starts and ends at a dairy farm, and you can look forward to the spread afterwards, which is provided by some local community members. It’s an awesome run and makes you feel at home.”
It was the second year participating for Cormier, who finished second in the 5K last year.
“I’m happy with performance and can’t wait to do it again next year,” he said.
Nolan was also happy with the event.
“It went very well,” he said. “Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the tasty treats afterwards.”