What is 2020 Vision Quest?

We lead and inspire students and professionals to reach their peak potential while providing financial support for crucial vision services.

2020 Vision Quest supports two organizations—NH Association for the Blind, and the internationally renowned Guiding Eyes for the Blind—to help ensure that life-changing services for the blind may always continue.

Learn more about 2020 Vision Quest

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Invite Randy to speak at your school or organization!

" ...it rocked the entire audience of 130 people. There were farmers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, artists from young to old... Everyone felt that Randy was talking to them. It was a profound experience."
– Celeste Barr, Beaver Brook Association

Support our mission

Your tax-deductible donation helps to raise and train dog guides, reach out to young people, and maintain services for blind people in New Hampshire. Any amount is welcome.

At the finish line of the 12/7/14 California International Marathon in Sacramento CA...Left to right Jose Acevedo, Tracy Pierce and Randy Pierce--all wearing their newly earned race medals around their necks. All are beaming and wearing New England Patriots Santa hats.

#miles4quinn

Our community has logged
13,090
miles
as of Weds. Dec. 17th!

Log my miles

Did you walk, run, bike, or otherwise undertake healthy miles today? Dedicate them to the Mighty Quinn!

Learn more about #miles4quinn

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 Background

The 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!

From the Blog

Guest blog: Everything I ever needed to know I learned from LEGOS

- Friend of 2020 Vision Quest Jennifer Streck writes this week's guest blog about Randy's visit with her daughter's First Lego League team--a positive learning experience for everyone. Read more

Autumn learns to fly!

- What's involved in flying with a Guide Dog? Randy explains the process this week as he and Autumn embark on their first cross-continental flight together. Read more

Paying it forward: Thoughts on Peak Potential 2014

- Our 5th annual Peak Potential went off with great success! Guest blogger Kim Kett Johnson offers thoughts on her experience at this year's event. Read more

California, here we come!

- Randy and Tracy head out to California to run a marathon and follow it up with some much needed R&R. Read more

A few moments with Bud

- Randy shares a few memories of his father on the anniversary of his passing. Read more

Veterans Day isn't so special!

- Or is it? How do you honor Veterans Day? This week Randy shares his thoughts about the importance of this holiday. Read more
Picture showing Randy and Quinn climbing Mt. Monroe in the winter, Quinn holding his head majestically up in the air.

We Salute and Honor the Marvelous Mighty Quinn
12/11/04 — 1/20/14

Farewell Quinn – We are all so fortunate to have had you touch our lives. Your love, devotion, perseverance and playfulness are held ever so warmly in our hearts. You enriched my life in so many wonderful ways well beyond the incredible Guide work for which you were trained. The heights we climbed, the lives you changed and the vacancy you leave are unimaginably immense. I hurt and grieve your loss intensely. I promise to honor you and the gifts you gave to me, Tracy and our world. I love you my beloved boy and I am in the company of so many who will feel similarly.

Read our Blog entry for more information about Quinn and some great stories about his amazing life.

Welcome, Autumn!

Autumn in harness smiles up at the camera.

Randy's new guide dog has entered our lives and charmed our hearts. Learn more about Autumn here.

How does a sightless man climb a mountain?

See a 15-minute documentary film about Randy and 2020 Vision Quest's July 4th climb of Mount Washington. Teaser video of Blind Ambition
Watch the "Blind Ambition" trailer

2020 DVDs still available!

We are proud to announce Extended Availability of the 2020 VisionQuest DVD "Four More Feet" documenting Randy and Quinn's Historic Winter 48 Hikes! DVD ordering instructions, along with the download for the Descriptive Video Service, can be found at the following link.

Get a copy of "Four More Feet"
Support the Vision! Visit our online gift shop. All profits support our charitable mission.