27 visually impaired runners to compete in Sunday’s California International Marathon

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USABA National Marathon Championship

Sacramento, California – For the 13th year, it has been released American Association of Blind Athletes Partnered with the Sacramento Running Association to host the USABA National Marathon Championships presented by Allworth Financial in conjunction with the California International Marathon. This year, the group of 27 runners and 47 guides includes military veterans, local runners, and international runners. The event will take place on December 4, 2022.

It’s a weekend affair for this group of runners and guides with multiple community meals and gatherings where they can mingle and get to know each other and culminates in an award ceremony on Sunday afternoon.


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Forty-seven sighted guides will lead the 27 runners, most of whom will wear a bib or jacket with the words “Blind Runner” displayed to alert other runners on the course. Their guide will wear an apron or similar jacket displaying the word “guide”. Most diodes will carry a rope (wire or string) to connect them. The guide’s role is to communicate upcoming obstacles and course directions while navigating the safest routes through the course.

California International Marathon Road

About the American Association of Blind Athletes

USABA’s mission is to enable Americans who are blind or visually impaired to experience life-changing opportunities in sports, recreation, and physical activities, thereby educating and inspiring the nation. A member organization of both the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and American Soccer, USABA is accredited by the USOPC as the national governing body for the Paralympic team sports of goalball and blind soccer. Since its founding in 1976, USABA has reached more than 100,000 individuals through its multisport programs. The organization has emerged as more than just a world-class coach for blind athletes, it has become a champion for the abilities of legally blind Americans. In 2022, USABA expanded its endurance sports event offerings with the launch of the Team Tethered Together program for visually impaired runners and their guides. Learn more through www.usaba.org.

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