EVENT: 2017 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 17, 2017
Todd has several marathons under his belt, but running an endurance race is not the biggest challenge he has faced. The Stratford man has retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that causes slow progressive vision loss with no treatment or cure.
"I don't have any night vision left at all now. It's pretty hard to navigate in the dark, so I rely on family and friends when we're out and about and peripherally my vision has deteriorated," says MacAusland.
Four years ago he wanted to get into shape, so MacAusland says he started exercising on his treadmill. That turned into 5K runs which led to marathons — three so far.
"I made the decision a long time ago that I was going to live my life the best way I could, change what I can, manage what I can't and just move forward." We are thrilled to welcome Todd and his guide Rosie Banks to the Team With A Vision roster and see them sport their gear on race day!
For the last 24 years members of Team With A Vision have toed the starting line on Marathon Monday and shown the world that with the right support anything is possible.
Our international team of blind and sighted runners race to support individuals throughout Massachusetts living with vision loss. Their efforts allow the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to deliver professional, peer and volunteer support to over 1,100 individuals each year, giving them the support they need to live with dignity and independence.
All funds raised support MABVI's statewide network of vision rehabilitation services, which include 14 low vision clinics, 34 low vision support groups, and 300 volunteers matched 1:1 with blind individuals.
We are honored to be a part of the 2017 Boston Athletic Association Boston Marathon Official Charity Program!