blindfolded runner with guideA couple of months ago, I wrote about an opportunity to run a race blindfolded. It was too late for me to join up, but I might look into running it next year. The Vision 5k went off and was a great success last month, with over 500 finishers, 10% of whom were blind or blind folded. The race raised over $285,000 for various vision-related charities, and was won by a blind runner, Gonzalo Moises Berista. His winning time was 17:08. The women’s race was won by Molly Taber in 17:53.

A few race facts show just how remarkable the day was:

  • 28 blind runners competed
  • 28 sighted runners and walkers took the Blindfold Challenge
  • 3 blind men finished in the top 5 overall, including the winner
  • 5 blind men finished the 3.1 mile course in under 20 minutes
  • More than 800 runners and walkers participated
  • Over 1,000 people came out to enjoy the day

I look forward to seeing whether or not I can fit the race into my schedule next year; the tough part will be fitting into my schedule the mandatory training sessions for those who opt to run blind folded. I am not sure that I would travel there just to run; I would want to see whether I could race without my eyes or not. I have done it before, but not quickly. With a guide, I wager that I could do it quickly.

(Vision 5kResultsPhotos)