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Painted Pinky 5K raises awareness, funds for opioid crisis

Nearly 400 runners, walkers, and joggers came out in Canandaigua for the second annual Painted Pinky 5K.

The goal: To fight the opioid crisis in Ontario County.

The fundraiser, launched by a small group of close friends, was named in memory of Rachel Lyttle, a beloved member of the Canandaigua community who was known for her unique nail art and love for running, according the Canandaigua Messenger.

“This was a dear loved one who lost her life two years ago,” event co-founder Diane Johnston told the Messenger.

Co-founder Connie White said the impact was big, speaking with the Messenger. “We lost a very near and dear young woman to the opioid epidemic,” said White. “And in an effort to make something good out of something tragic, we started this race. It was extremely successful last year, and we were able to donate $22,000 to the Partnership for Ontario County. This year we expect to exceed last year’s donations by several thousand dollars.”


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