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National Champions Crowned at 2018 USABA Marathon Nationals

Athletes from across the U.S. – and around the world – traveled to Sacramento in early December for the 2018 USABA Marathon National Championships. Nearly 50 runners and more than 60 guides, including three Paralympians and 11 military veterans, joined USABA for the 10th anniversary of the event. Chaz Davis (Englewood, Colo.) and Jessica Loomer (Mesa, Ariz.) earned national titles and Nicholas DeWalque (Brussels, Belgium) and Juli Brandvold (Great Falls, Mont.) were honored with Richard Hunter Excellence in Running Awards. 2018 Marathon National Championships - Full ResultsDownload In addition to the race on Sunday, runners and guides enjoyed multiple gatherings…  Read More

More Than 100 Athletes to Participate in 2018 USABA Marathon Nationals


Since 2008, 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 100 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…  Read More

Aira sponsors USABA Marathon National Championships


Aira technology brings enriched experience to USABA Marathon National Championships with sponsorship. By: Stephanie Ross, USABA Contributor For years, technology has made the world more accessible. From accessible technology and access tools like screen readers, cell phone apps, and scanners, we’ve seen technology that have forever changed the day-to-day tasks for the blind and visually impaired. One of the most recently developed technologies is Aira. Aira, a service that connects blind and visually impaired people to highly-trained, remote agents, is available through a smartphone app or through an optional pair of Horizon Smart Glasses.  Visually impaired runner Erich Manser ran…  Read More

Hundreds Celebrate Inaugural Blind Sports Day Across U.S.


Hundreds of people across the U.S. celebrated the inaugural National Blind Sports Day October 1-7. Though the actual day was Saturday, October 6, celebrations happened in cities across the country throughout the week. Nearly 900 people across the U.S. participated in a locally hosted event or engaged in a sport or fitness activity on their own. More than 45 agencies, organizations, teams or schools hosted events in numerous sports including golf, rowing, tandem cycling, goalball, basketball, archery and soccer- just to name (more than) a few! In Columbus, Ohio, participants played soccer with the Ohio Blind Soccer program. Katie Atkinson, who…  Read More

2018-2019 Anthem Foundation/USABA National Fitness Challenge Announced

United States Association of Blind Athletes and Anthem Foundation Partner to Empower People with Visual Impairments to Lead More Active Lifestyles More than 450 people participating in USABA Fitness Challenge Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 10, 2018) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce a $340,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation, the philantrhopic arm of Anthem, Inc to implement the National Fitness Challenge for the sixth consecutive year. For the next eight months, USABA will partner with 17 organizations across the United States to provide more than 450 blind and visually impaired youth and adults…  Read More

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