Since 2008, the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) has partnered with Sacramento Running Association to make the California International Marathon (CIM) inclusive for runners with visual impairments. This year, the group of more than 110 blind runners and guides includes military veterans, local runners, international runners and Paralympic athletes.
It’s a weekend affair for this group of runners and guides with multiple community meals and gatherings where they’re able to mingle and get to know one another and culminates with an awards ceremony Sunday afternoon.
USABA Sports Club and partner Sacramento Society for the Blind will host a dinner for runners and guides on Friday evening, followed by a breakfast for athletes the following morning. Runners will have a chance to explore downtown Sacramento with volunteers from local collegiate Delta Gamma chapters. On Saturday evening, athletes will attend a pre-race dinner and hear from fellow runner and ultramarathoner, Kyle Robidoux.
On Sunday, more than 70 guides will lead 41 runners on the course including nine military veterans, Paralympians and four international runners (from Canada and Germany). Learn more about each of the runners here.
This is the 11th year USABA has partnered with Sacramento Running Association (SRA) to host the USABA Marathon National Championships in conjunction with the California International Marathon. The partnership began in 2008 and has grown in number of participants each year. In addition to SRA, this event is made possible by title sponsor Allworth Financial as well as the following additional sponsors:
Healthy Vision Association
Gold Medal Sponsors
Delta Gamma Fraternity
Department of Veterans Affairs
Sacramento Running Association
Silver Medal Sponsors
Andrew O’Driscoll & Maureen Kelly
Dan & Terri Streetman
Bronze Medal Sponsors
Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Michael & Shelly Schermer
Society for the Blind