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Runners & Guides Conquer California International Marathon

The 13th United States Association of Blind Athletes Marathon National Championships presented by Allworth Financial took place on Sunday, December 4, in Sacramento, Calif., in conjunction with the California International Marathon. The race featured 25 runners who are blind and visually impaired, along with 45 guide runners helping them navigate the course either for the full 26.2-mile distance or on relay teams. The cool and rainy morning gave way to sunny skies, making for ideal running conditions. Winning the men’s overall title was CIM newcomer Alexander France (Omaha, Neb.), a recent graduate of Midland University. France covered the 26.2-mile distance…  Read More

USABA Enjoys Successful Philadelphia Distance Run

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes expanded its endurance event offerings in 2022 with the addition of the Philadelphia Distance Run (PDR) on Sept. 18. The first foray into the event was met with great excitement and participation as the PDR is proving to be a nice compliment to the annual USABA Marathon National Championships held in conjunction with the California International Marathon each December in Sacramento. A total of 32 runners with visual impairments were paired up with 48 guides as part of the USABA contingent, including all six USABA Endurance Sport Ambassadors. The PDR race offerings included the…  Read More

Kyle Coon and Greg Billington to Team Up for Philadelphia Distance Run Half Marathon

The Team USA Paratriathlon Team at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (l to r) Brad Snyder, Greg Billington, Kyle Coon and Andy Potts (photo by Joe Kusumoto) Elite-level talent will combine forces on the streets of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Distance Run (PDR) on Sept. 18. 2016 Olympian and 2020 Paralympic gold medalist Greg Billington (Spokane, Wash.) will serve as a guide runner for 2020 Paralympian Kyle Coon (Carbondale, Colo.) during the half marathon event. Coon is one of 25 visually impaired runners taking part in the annual race in conjunction with the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). Coon,…  Read More

Seven Ambassadors Selected to Help USABA Expand Endurance Sport Offerings for Runners and Guides

Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 14, 2022) – The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to name its third team of sport ambassadors for 2022. Five runners with visual impairments will join two sighted guide runners in comprising the USABA Endurance Sport Ambassador Team. Throughout the year, the endurance sport ambassadors will assist USABA in spreading awareness around endurance sport offerings and other initiatives via digital content, networking and in-person appearances. The five runners selected for the USABA Endurance Sport Ambassador Team include Vietnam War veteran Ramiro Contreras (Oceanside, Calif.), Paralympic triathlete Kyle Coon (Jacksonville, Fla.), reigning USABA Marathon…  Read More

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