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Mike training for Houston
   Mike training for Houston

I’ll be running the 2013 Boston Marathon for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind‘s Team With a Vision as the sighted guide for Mike Merino.

Mike qualified for Boston’s Visually-Impaired Division with a 4:38 at the Chevron Houston Marathon. His training was limited due to an injury. He’s hoping that with better luck, he’ll be able to run a 4:15 at Boston.

Mike has a narrow field of limited vision directly in front of him. He has less than 20 degrees of peripheral vision, while most people have about 110 degrees, and he can’t see contrast. He also has limited hearing. In a race, he runs tethered to his guide by a short rope.

This promises to be a challenge for both of us, especially since we’ll meet for the first time on the day before the marathon. Running with a guide, especially a brand-new one, requires a tremendous leap of faith on Mike’s part. I hope to keep him safe and help him meet his goal.

Update: Great news! On March 2, Mike ran a 3:55 at The Woodlands Marathon, a 43 minute PR! Of course, guiding him just got a lot harder.

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind is the oldest social service agency in the country providing services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. MAB’s mission is to work with individuals with disabilities to eliminate barriers and create opportunities. They specialize in individualized rehabilitation and family-focused strategies that help individuals with disabilities live full lives in the community.

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