EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
As an athlete running in the Visually Impaired Division of the 2015 Boston Marathon, my goal is to help create awareness and understanding about the capabilities of blind and visually impaired athletes. One way to change beliefs about what IS possible is to accomplish goals that others believe are impossible. Facts become part of a “new story”. Like my fellow team members, I will strive to do my best.
The 2015 Boston Marathon will be my fifth Boston Marathon and a milestone for me – my 30th marathon. One of my most challenging marathons was part of the 2006 Ironman Canada Triathlon in Penticton, BC. In an ironman triathlon you must successfully swim 3.8 km., bike 180 km., and then run 42.2 km. (a full marathon) within specific time constraints. Another memorable marathon was when I placed third in the Visually Impaired Division of the 2005 Boston Marathon.
I took up running many years ago as part of a personal effort to have more work-life balance and to stay in good physical shape. I found that I really enjoy the challenge of the marathon distance and the people that you meet during each marathon experience. Every marathon runner I have met has had an inspiring story about how they accomplished their goal. I’m especially inspired by the blind and low vision runners who participate in the Boston Marathon. This year I am also looking forward to being part of the Team With A Vision Boston 2015 to raise funds for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a very worthy cause.