It’s not every day a person decides to run across the United States. Even less likely is for that someone to be a person with limited vision. Jason Romero is not just someone, however. Starting in the Los Angeles area at the Santa Monica Pier, Jason will run roughly 3,200 miles, to Boston’s Faneuil Hall, planning to finish in around 60 days. A pretty extraordinary athlete, Jason currently holds world running records in 50k, 50-mile, 100-mile, 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour race distances and times. He is a 3-time Ironman triathlete, 2014 United States Association of Blind Athletes Marathon Champion, and represented Team USA with a 4th place finish at the International Paralympic Committee’s World Marathon Championships in 2015. Wow.
With only 15% of his sight remaining, Jason is running to share his story and inspire others. “I’m raising awareness and support to help others rise above their circumstances and experience the hope I have through physical activity and community,” he said.
Thanks to the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes for sharing Jason’s story. Since its founding in 1976, USABA, a community-based organization of the United States Olympic Committee, has reached more than 100,000 blind individuals. The organization has emerged as more than just a world-class trainer of blind athletes, it has become a champion of the abilities of Americans who are legally blind. USABA’s mission: to enhance the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. Get more info on the USABA website, via Twitter and on Facebook.