Really excited to be racing in this weekend's Vermont 100 miler! I am honored to be out on the course with some incredible runners, including the amazing Kyle Robidoux, who I had the privilege of meeting when I was guiding with Team With A Vision for the Boston Marathon over the past few years. Kyle is many wonderful things - including being an ultra runner - and I was thrilled to see him out at Pineland Trails 50 miler a few months ago. He was just featured on ultra runner podcast to talk about his journey to VT100, trail running with guides while being legally blind, the fantastic new division for Athletes with Disabilities that VT100 race director Amy Rusiecki created, and much more (podcast here: http://ultrarunnerpodcast.com/kyle-robidoux-athletes-disabilities/).
As I press on with each step of this challenge ahead, I am hopeful to raise awareness and support for Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) (the organization that coordinates the Boston Marathon Team with a Vision each year).
Also, I hope that any runners reading this might consider volunteering to be a guide in your community - whether it is for a training run or for a race. Kyle was part of the team to set up an organization called United In Stride to link people up and you can sign up as a volunteer here: http://www.unitedinstride.com - thank you all for your amazing support!
With gratitude and happy feet,
p.s. Huge thanks to my brother Gavin for helping me on my last training run - and to my pacers this weekend - my amazing husband John as well as dear friends Greg Leya and Andy Foley. And though she can't be there, thank you Josie for being honorary crew from afar! :)