Runners

The USABA National Marathon Championships, sponsored by VSP Vision Care, take part in conjunction with the California International Marathon on December 7, 2014.  Since the CIM adopted the Visually Impaired Division in 2007, participation of visually impaired and blind runners has steadily grown from 2 to more than 30 participants.  Runners travel from across the United States and from other nations.  Participants include blinded veterans, Paralympic athletes, World Champions, and many novice runners just beginning their athletic careers.  Each athlete has a compelling and unique story of their own, and together are able to inspire, educate and change the public’s perception of vision loss.
I am proud to introduce you to the 2014 visually impaired and blind field of runners taking part in the 2014 California International Marathon.

Ament, Tina

Ament, Tina

Aukward, Joseph

NAVSEA 5K Walk-Run Sept. 16, 2014

  • Hometown:  Bethesda, MD
  • Age: 54
  • B1, Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 2004 United States Paralympian Co-Captain Ambulatory Track and Field team, for the Athens Games
    • Earning 4 International medals (2 Silver and 2 Bronze) at the Pan Am and World Games
    • Earning 4  Varsity letters in college for Wrestling and Cross Country at Loyola University, Baltimore MD

Ballman, David

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  • Hometown:  Madison, WI
  • Age:  52
  • B1, Congenital Cataracts, Glaucoma, Detached Retina
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Medaled in the 1987 USABA alpine ski championships and was selected for the 1988 US Disabled Ski Team to compete in Austria
    • Competing in Austria at the World Disabled Ski Championships
    • Completing first Marathon (Green Bay Marathon in May of 2013 

Bazgan, Corvin

Bazgan, Corvin

  • Hometown::  San Carlos, CA
  • Age:  40
  • B3, Ushers Syndrome Type III
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Completed Alcatraz swim to mainland
    • 4/2013: Set a  new PR in a ½ marathon in San Francisco: 1:42:47
    • 6/2013:  Completed first 2.4 mile open swim at Chesbro Reservoir, Morgan Hill
    • Completed Victoria, CIM, and Boston Marathons since October 2013
    • 7/2014: Finished the Escape from the Rock Alcatraz Duathlon in 1:45

Berlin, Dan

Berlin, Dan

Bigoney, Dave (Veteran)

Bigoney, Dave

  • Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
  • Age: 40
  • B1, Gunshot wound to head causing optic nerve damage
  • Proudest athletic accomplishment:
    • Silver Medal in 2001 ITU World Championships in Edmonton, Canada
    • First totally Blind individual to complete an Ironman at the 2005 CDA Ironman
  • Website: www.teamvisionfoundation.org
  • Media link: http://youtu.be/PVUp0u55rTQ

 Broca, Adrian

Broca, Adrian

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Age:  37
  • B2, Leber’s Optic Neuropathy (LHON)
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 2:50 Marathon PR
    • Two-time Boston Marathon VI Division winner 2007 & 2010
    • 8:42 Finish Time for the 2013 American River 50 Endurance Run

Champion, Kathy (Veteran)

Champion, Kathy

  • Hometown:  Gulfport, FL
  • Age:  50
  • B1, Virus in optic nerve
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 1st place PC Division St. Anthony’s Olympic Distance Triathalon
    • 4th place Para-Cycling Nationals 2014
    • Finished California Challenge w/ Ride for Recovery: Palo Alto to Los Angeles
    • Women’s Half Marathon in  St. Petersburg, FL
    • Climbed Mount Bierstad in Colorado.
    • Participated in the Gulf Coast Challenge
  • Media link: http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/disabled-in-iraq-triathlete-faces-toughest-race-at-home/2117522

Chan, John

Chan, John

 

Crespo, Joe (Veteran)

Crespo, Joe

  • Hometown:  Fairless Hills, PA
  • Age: 64
  • B1, Cortical blindness, Vietman enemy mortar attack
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Four time medal winner at the Rocky Mountain State Games:  2 Gold Medals for running, 1 Silver Medal for archery, 1 Bronze Medal for shot put

Davis, Katie Howard

Davis, Katie
 

  • Hometown:  Sacramento, CA
  • Age: 28
  • B2, Aniridia
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Made the 2012 Paralympics judo team
  • Website: twitter @judokatiedavis

Davis, Michael

Davis, Michael

  • Hometown: Sacramento
  • Age: 33
  • B1, Optic nerve damage from a brain tumor
  • Proudest athletic accomplishment:
    • Received the rank of Shodon which is First degree black belt

Dever, Sarah

Dever, Sarah

  • Hometown: Berkeley, CA
  • Age: 28
  • B3, Usher Syndrome
  • Proudest athletic accomplishment:
    • Anytime I actually get out the door and run instead of sleeping in / being lazy!
  • www.loverunpink.blogspot.com

Fiene, Kurt

Fiene, Kurt

  • Hometown:  Elmhurst, IL
  • Age:  53
  • B3
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 1994 Berlin Germany Paralympic Track & Field World Championships: Gold Medal 5K; Silver Medal 10K; Bronze Medal 1500M
    • 2007 CIM Inaugural Blind Division Winner
    • 2009 Boston Marathon: Set Blind American Record of 2:43:44

Greenhaw, Stefanie

Greenhaw, Stefanie

  • Hometown:  Rocklin, CA
  • Age:  42
  • B3, Optic Atrophy
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Completed Walt Disney World Marathon
    • Completed Dumbo Double Dare (10k on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday)
    • 2013: completed Coast to Coast Challenge (marathon at WDW and half marathon at Disneyland)

Han, David

Han, David

  • Hometown:  Santa Clara, CA
  • Age:  19
  • B1, Leber Congenital Amaurosis
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Wrestled in middle school and two years in high school
    • MVP in middle school (JV)
    • 3rd place in the King of the Mountain tournament

Henson, Jeff (Veteran)

Henson, Jeff

  • Hometown:  Heflin, AL
  • Age:  57
  • B2, Eyeritis (High Eye Pressure)
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 2012 Rode bicycle from San Francisco to Virginia Beach
    • 2008 Bataan Death March Marathon
    • 2010 Sea kayaked from Anachortees, WA to Vancouver, BC

Hooper, Lawrence (Veteran)

Hooper, Lawrence

  • Hometown:  Houston, TX
  • Age:  60
  • B1, Bilateral Angular Traumatic Glaucoma (blows to the head), Service Connected
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Pitched a perfect baseball game in high school
    • Completed the Amica TRY Andy’s Triathlon – October 16, 2011, Sugarland, TX
    • 1st Place AG: LifeTime Fitness Shamrock 5K Run, 3/29/2014, Humble, TX

Hunter, Richard (Veteran)

Hunter, Richard

Kinoshita, Michael

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  • Hometown: Folsom, CA
  • Age: 19
  • B3, Achromatopsia
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Member of the Cal State Stanislaus Cross Country and Track & Field teams
    • 4 Gold medals US Paralympic Nationals: 2014 – 5,000m & 1500m; 2013 – 1500m & 800m
    • 3 Gold medals IBSA World Youth Championships – 2011
    • 2012 US Paralympic Team Trails qualifier – silver medal 800m
    • 7 time U.S. Paralympic High School All-American – Track & Field: 2013 in the 1500m & 800m; 2012 in the 1500m & 800m; 2011 in the 5,000m, 1500m & 800m
    • 3200m Frosh/Soph League Champion – Track

Kuhn, David

 Kuhn, David

  • Hometown: DeKalb, Illinois
  • Age: 62
  • B2, Staphaloma, a stretching of the retinas caused by a drunk driver
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 1999 Tri4Life cross country triathlon from Santa Barbara, CA to NYC; it was a fund raiser for children with disabilities who were pursuing athletic goals.
    • 1999 Chicago Marathon was 1st marathon
    • 2011 to March 2012 ran 6,300 miles to raise funds for 12 children’s medical charities.
    • Conquered swimming over the course of 15 months.
    • In 2014, began the run around America for my granddaughter who has cystic fibrosis. See my website: It’s All I Can Do.
  • Website: itsallicando.wordpress.com
  • Media Links:

Lancaster, Chris

Lancaster, Chris

  • Hometown:  Dahlonega, GA
  • Age:  38
  • B3, Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Completing the Dopey Challenge at Disney World (5K, 10K, half marathon, full marathon in 4 consecutive days), setting PR’s in both the half and full
    • Completing my first Boston Marathon
    • Completing a half iron distance triathlon
  • Website: www.goofyfit.com
  • Media links:  See website

Lee, Mark

Lee, Mark

  • Hometown:  Concord, CA
  • Age:  46
  • B3, Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Qualified and competed for Team USA at the 2013 Duathlon World Championships in Ottawa, Canada
    • Completed the Auburn Long Course Duathlon on Worlds Toughest Half Triathlon course

MacDonald, Ernie (Canada)

MacDonald, Ernie

  • Hometown:  Calgary, Alberta
  • Age:  55
  • B3, Retinal Dystrophy
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 2004 Boston Marathon 3rd place VI
    • Finisher of 2005 Ironman Canada

Manser, Erich

Manser, Erich

  • Hometown:  Littleton, MA
  • Age:  42
  • B2, Retinitis Pigmentos
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Holds a 50-yard freestyle record set in 1991 (YMCA Massachusetts)
    • American & Pan-American records in 1500 M  freestyle for a blind (S13) athlete (2012)
    • Made the 2012 US Paralympics Emerging team for swimming in the 50-meter freestyle
    • Completed 11th marathon @ 2014 Boston Marathon, where he was guided by celebrity NPR radio host Peter Sagal
    • Has won the PC division at Augusta 70.3,  New York City triathlon (open),  Denver Triathlon (open) and others
    • Volunteers in support of the Paralympic Movement, Challenged Athletes Fdn, Achilles Int’l and numerous others.
    • Is proud to be passing the example of heatlh & fitness set by his loving Mom to both of his daughters
  • Website: www.erichmanser.com
  • Media links:

Marsolais, Richard (Canada)

Marsolais, Richard

  • Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
  • Age: 50
  • B2, Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP)
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Placed in the top 10 in the world in the pursuit in tandem cycling, while on the Canadian National Tandem cycling Team.
    • Winning Visually Impaired Athlete of the Year
    • Boston marathon 2013 & 2014
    • Completed first 4 spirnt triathlons in 2014
  • Media links:

Miller, Charles (Veteran)

Miller, Chuck

  • Hometown:  Gainsville, FL
  • Age:  58
  • B3, Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Riding in RagBrai two times
    • Going to both Lake Placid and Colorado Springs Olympic Training Centers
    • Hiking sections of the Appalachian Trail

Monroe, Tom (Veteran)

Monroe, Tom

  • Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado
  • Age: 61
  • B3, Detached Retinas and Glaucoma
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Running in events while holding a POW/MIA flag with Eagle feathers to represent Vietnam era veterans
    • Has participated on a blinded veteran CIM relay team for 3-years
    • 2013 CIM will be his first marathon ever
    • Has represented veterans on USABA power lifting teams since 2009

Ortiz, Angel

Ortiz, Angel

  • Hometown: Elk Grove, CA
  • Age: 44
  • B3, Retinitis Pigmentosa

Otawa, Kenta (Veteran)

Otawa, Kenta

  • Hometown: San Diego, CA
  • Age: 22
  • B2, Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Went to nationals for 200meter dash
    • Completed the 2012 CIM in 4:30

Panek, Thomas

Panek, Thomas

Pierce, Randy

Pierce, Randy

  • Hometown:  Hometown:Nashua, NH
  • Age:  48
  • B1, Optic Neuritis – Mitochondrial Disease
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Hiking all 48 of NH 4000+ feet peeks in a single winter
    • Qualifying for the Boston Marathon on my first marathon
    • Successful completion of a Tough Mudder (2nd Blind Tough Mudder completion in the world)
    • 200 Mile tandem ride in one day
  • Website:  www.2020visionquest.org
  • Media links:

Robidoux, Kyle

Robidoux, Kyle

  • Hometown:  Boston, MA
  • Age:  39
  • B3, Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • ❖▪Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Completed my first ultra marathon in July 2014 in which I ran 54.7 miles in 11:49:16.
    • Ran my first Boston Marathon in 2014 and ran the Providence Marathon 13 days later.

Rodjom, Matthew

Rodjom, Matt

  • Hometown: Fairfax, VA
  • Age: 34
  • B2, T12 Lebers Hereditary  Optic Neuropathy
  • Proudest athletic accomplishment:
    • 2010  USABA Blind/VI National Marathon Champion
    • 2nd Place VI Division 2010 Boston Marathon
    • Obtaining the age group qualification for the Boston Marathon at MCM
  • Website:  http://www.daddysblindambition.com/

Romero, Jason

Romero, Jason

Sarkany, Rose Kamma (Canada) (**)

Sarkany, Rose

  • Hometown:  Port Alberni, BC
  • Age: 50
  • B3, Retinitis Pigmentosa and severe hearing loss (Ushers’ Syndrome)
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon (2009)
    • Completing first triathlon (Sept.1, 2012) The Canadian, in Ottawa, ON.
    • Being the first Canadian to compete at the CIM in the VI category in 2010, and having brought the Canadian Relay team and marathoners to the 2012 CIM.
  • Website:  Running for Change: to add VI category in marathon events in Canada http://www.Facebook.com/groups/55206947479/

Scheidies, Aaron

Scheidies, Aaron

  • Hometown: Seattle, WA    
  • Age: 32
  • B3, Juvenile Macular Degeneration
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments
    • 2011 ESPY Finalist Best Male Athlete with a Disability
    • World record Olympic and Half Ironman distance Triathlon fastest Athlete with a Disability
    • 8 Time Triathlon World Champion / 8 time National Champion
    • 2011,2012 USABA Blind/VI National Marathon Champion
    • 2012 NIB blind/VI Half Marathon National Champion
    • 2012,2013 BAA Boston Marathon Blind/VI Marathon Champion
    • 2004 Athlete with Disability Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Website:   www.cdifferentwithaaron.com
  • Media links:  See website

Schmidt, Ryan

Schmidt, Ryan

  • Hometown:  Folsom, CA
  • Age:  15
  • B3, CVI due to brain hemorrhage near visual cortex at birth
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 28:50 for 3-miles at a high school cross country meet
    • 2013 First 10K Finish at Folsom Turkey Trot
    • Rode a bicycle from Folsom to Old Sacramento

Sediva, Regine

Sediva, Regine

  • Hometown:  Brea, CA
  • Age:  47
  • B3, Optic Atrophy
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Rocky Mountain road runners 4 race series.  2nd place
    • 2-time Beach City Challenge finisher
    • 2-time Boston marathon age group qualifier
    • Marathon Maniacs status  3 marathons in 50 days

Somsan, Michael (Veteran)

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  • Hometown:  Gilbert, AZ
  • Age:  44
  • B1, Gun Shot Wound to the Head in the Line of Duty
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Tucson Maranthon in 2001
    • VI participant in Disabled Veterans Wintersports Clinic
    • VI participant, 2013, Adventure Team Challenge
    • Training for November 2014 Ironman Arizona

Thompson, Lisa

Thompson, Lisa

  • Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Age: 47
  • B3, Congenital Cataracts, Nystagmus, Adhesions, Acute Glaucoma
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • 2014 Chevron Houston Marathon 3rd in 45-49 AG; 3:16.50
    • 2014 Boston Marathon place 1st F in VI division
    • 2013 Boston Marathon place 2nd F in VI division
    • Completed 8 Marathons

Vasquez, Maribel

Vasquez, Maribel

  • Hometown:  San Diego, CA
  • Age: 24
  • B3, Childhood Cataracts
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Completing first sprint triathlon (San Diego Spring Sprint Triathlon)

Veliquette, Jack

Veliquette, Jack

  • Hometown:  Windsor, CA
  • Age:  17
  • B2, TBI

Walton, Branden

Walton, Branden

Winter, Mary

Winter, Mary

  • Hometown:  St Petersburg, FL
  • Age:  53
  • B1, Surgery Trauma
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Learning to walk, swim & run again

Wood, Steve

Wood, Steve

  • Hometown: St. Clair Shores, MI
  • Age: 48
  • B3, Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Proudest athletic accomplishments:
    • Completing first marathon which was a repeating 5K loop.
    • Finishing and experiencing the Boston Marathon the first time.

 

IBSA Visual Classifications

Class B1

No light perception in either eye up to light perception, but inability to recognize the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.

Class B2

From ability to recognize the shape of a hand up to visual acuity of 20/600 and/or a visual field of less than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.

Class B3

From visual acuity above 20/600 and up to visual acuity of 20/200 and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees and more than 5 degrees in the best eye with the best practical eye correction.

Sponsors

USABA would like to thank our 2014 major sponsors. Without their support, this event would not be possible.

Title Sponsor

VSP Vision Care

Platinum: ($10,000 and above)

The Gibney Family Foundation

Gold: ($5,000 and $9,999)

American River Associates of Thrivent Financial
Delta Gamma Fraternity
Department of Veterans Affairs – Mission Redefined
Paralympic Sport Sacramento
Sacramento Running Association
Schermer Hunt & Rogers Eye Care
Society for the Blind

Silver: ($2,500 and $4,999)

Berlin Family
Lions Club International District 4-C5

Bronze: ($1,000 – $2,499)

Dan Streetman
Eric M. Lindsey, Prosthetic Artists, Inc.
Junior Blind of America
Land Park Lions
Lisa & Joshua Warren
Monte Harvill
Rocky & Kim Camp
Steve Wood
UC Davis Delta Chi of Delta Gamma

Friend: ($500)

Antelope Lions Club
Cole, Ronald
Folsom Lake Bank
Folsom Lake Lions
Thomas Kidwell, MD

2 thoughts on “Runners

    • Each “runner” on this list is an inspiration to those who have watched and supported them along the way! I hope each “runner” knows that they are about to inspire thousands of others as they run in the CIM. . . that there are no limitations for those with visual impairments. Best of luck to you all!

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