30th Annual Run for Sight benefits those in need of eyeglasses

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Each year on Labor Day, runners and walkers hit the pavement for the annual Run/Walk for Sight 5k race in Bowling Green.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the race which benefits those in need of eyeglasses. Men, women and children of all ages ran or walked Monday morning. The race started bright and early at 9 a.m. at Covington Woods Park.

There were around 280 participants this year, many of them wanting to help those in need.

Run for Sight, which is hosted by the Bowling Green Noon Lions Club, raises on average more than $4,000 each year.

The event’s co-chair said with those donations, they provide roughly 400 pairs of glasses to those in need.

“It’s our main fundraiser for our club to purchase glasses. Our main project is purchasing glasses for those less fortunate who can not purchase them,” said Pam Elrod, co-chairwoman at Run for Sight.

Proceeds from Monday’s run will also benefit the Salvation Army and Hope Harbor, as well as other organizations that the BG Noon Lions Club supports.