EVENT DATE: Jul 18, 2015
On July 18 (and 19th!), I will set out to run 100 miles through the hills, trails, and back roads of eastern Vermont. The run will start in the dark. The run will end in the dark. But, in between, the runners will experience over 15 glorious hours of daylight. Up until a couple of years ago, I took that daylight for granted. But, thanks to the MABVI's Team With A Vision, I now treasure my sight, and the visual beauty which surrounds us.
For the past couple of years, I've been lucky enough to train and race with some of New England's top blind and visually impaired runners. I've run in front of others, wearing a bright shirt and barking warnings about obstacles ahead. I've run tethered, navigating the crowds at the Boston Marathon. I've run holding a cane, and in the middle of the night, along the ocean, and in the city.
Being someone else's eyes is an indescribable privilege. Being someone else's eyes so that they may experience true freedom of movement is one of the most satisfying things any runner could do.
So, as I undertake a journey which will test my own limits, I'm going to keep my blind/VI friends close. I will run a portion of the race blindfolded, and I will dedicate this effort as a fundraiser to support the work of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
MABVI is the oldest social service agency in the country providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Volunteers do everything from helping the blind/VI community with daily errands, to reading their mail, to leading support groups. MABVI's Ivy Street School also helps blind/Vi and brain-injured individuals eliminate barriers and create opportunities, forging strong community partnerships so that we can meet the pressing need for high quality services and programs and transform.
Oh, and as for the "title" of this little endeavor . . . running 100 miles will be slow; it will be ugly; it will be torturous . . . but, it should still be a lot better and less painful than the "50 Shades" film. -)
Thank you for your support, be it financial, emotional, or through your own vounteer efforts for MABVI or any other worthy cause.