31.12.2009

5km race to support blind runner

5km race to support blind runner

By Alexa Kaczka

A five kilometre race has been held in Indiana to support a blind runner, the News Sentinel reports.

The Gift 5K is a charity race held each year in Indiana"s local running community as a thank you to one of its members.

This year the race will support Joe Ziegler, known among competitors in the area as "the blind runner".

Entry costs $15 (£9) but donations were encouraged to help raise money for the visually impaired athlete.

The event was first held in December 2007 to honour Jed Pearson, who founded the popular regional running website www.runindiana.com and since then he has vowed to become more involved and make it an annual success.

He told the news provider: "It opened my eyes as to how we can help someone in our running community."

Jacob Griffin – a runner who was born with bilateral congenital cataracts and had to have his first eye operation at just two weeks old – recently spoke to The Hawk Eye about the difficulties of his condition.

by Adrian Galbreth


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