Marathons and Mistletoe
...and from the 2020 Team: Holiday Greetings to You and Yours!
On Sunday December 7th, three members of the 2020 Vision Quest team undertook and very successfully completed the 32nd annual California International Marathon (CIM) in Sacramento. With this feat they were able to celebrate both the holiday season and a major event in support of ability awareness—carrying the message and mission of 2020 Vision Quest literally across the country.
The CIM was Randy’s second completed marathon, wife/Board Member Tracy’s first, and 2020 Board Member Jose Acevedo’s second. Jose was able to perform double duty as both a registered racer and as Randy’s guide, using the “rigid tether” (the two holding opposite ends of Randy’s white cane) as one of their communication methods. Jose, the night before the race, said this: "Back in March, I began a long and gruelling mission to train for a marathon ... Why? To support my good friend Randy Pierce as his guide. Randy is blind, but he doesn't let that keep him from living life to the fullest. He is an inspiration to me and so many others, so it became my mission to accomplish this feat with him." And Tracy remarked post-race, "Thank you for all of the amazing support, you all lifted me up through some tough times on the course!"
USABA BackgroundThe United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) National Marathon Championship, sponsored by VSP Vision Care, was held in conjunction with the California International Marathon on December 7th. Since the CIM adopted the Visually Impaired Division in 2007, participation of visually impaired and blind runners has steadily grown from an initial 2 up to 47 entrants this year! Runners travel from all across the United States and from other nations as well. Participants include blinded veterans, paralympic athletes, world champions, and even some novice runners just beginning their athletic careers. Each athlete has a compelling and unique story of their own, and together they’re able to inspire, educate, and change the public’s perception of vision loss.
Rewarding Results!For races such as this USABA National Marathon Championship, the vision-impaired (VI) runners are classified into three divisions, with division B1 comprising the most impaired (totally to mostly blind). As part of Division B1, Randy’s time of 4:14:01 for the Sacramento race was the best of any, making him the national B1 marathon champion!
With this major event successfully concluded, Randy, Tracy, Jose and all the rest of the Board and Staff would like to wish all of you in the 2020 Vision Quest community a happy, peaceful and fulfilling holiday season!
P.S. on Randy's TedX Talk -- The live session in mid-November went very well, and the event producers have been working to prepare all speakers' final videos before releasing them to the public. Watch for an update, which should appear on this site very soon!
2014 Donations -- Thinking of assisting 2020 Vision Quest financially? Always appreciated, but if you donate by December 31st this gives you the chance for a 2014 deduction!