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maraFUNrun Sprints to Success
After completing their 2.62 mile run, the young athletes, ranging in age from 9 to 14, came back to Society to enjoy hot chocolate, hear about youth programs and participate in a Judo workshop. Following a lunch provided by the Senator Lions Club, the kids and their families learned about Goal Ball, Beep Baseball, and heard the inspiring stories of two blind athletes.
The Paralympic sports experience was the brainchild of Richard Hunter, a veteran and blind athlete who ran the marathon on December 8th. Richard brought together a partnership that included the United States Association of Blind Athletes, Society for the Blind, Paralympics Sport Club Sacramento, and Junior Blind of America. Many volunteers joined Society for the event including former Paralympians in Judo, a National Goal Ball Coach, and a prominent beep baseball coach. The maraFUNrun participants also met and heard inspiring presentations from blind athletes Lieutenant Bradley Snyder and Aaron Scheidies. Brad currently holds a gold medal in the 400-meter and 100-meter freestyle, and won a silver medal in the 50-meter freestyle during the 2012 London Paralympics. Aaron recently won the Silver Medal at the 2013 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in London.
Plans are already underway for the 2014 event! To learn more about Society for the Blind please contact Liz Culp at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about becoming involved with the event, please contact Richard Hunter at email@example.com.