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Sunday, 15 November 2015 17:37

USA Blind Athletes National Champs Return to CIM on 12/6

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The USA Blind Athletes National Championships return to the California International Marathon this year with its largest field and a growing reputation as a destination event for visually impaired athletes. A field of 51 is expected for the seventh annual USABA National Marathon Championships, part of the 33rd annual CIM on Dec. 6.


The CIM, a 26.2-mile test from Folsom to the state Capitol, is put on by the Sacramento Running Association.

This year’s field includes combat-blinded veterans, U.S. Paralympic athletes, world champions, a three-time USABA National Marathon champion and five international athletes.

“The California International Marathon has a great reputation across the country and internationally as a premier destination for visually impaired runners to come run a marathon,” said Folsom’s Richard Hunter, a visually impaired runner who helps coordinate the USABA event for the CIM.


“The Sacramento Running Association has done everything it possibly can to make it a VIP experience.”


The CIM features a heated tent near the start and a tent in the finish area for visually impaired runners to gather. The event will also offer a prize purse for the visually impaired division, a first for a marathon run in the United States. The total prize purse for the visually impaired division is $3,500 with $1,000 going to both the top men and women’s finishers.


“The Sacramento Running Association continues to lead its peers by becoming the first marathon in the United States to offer prize money for a visually impaired division, which has added additional incentive for visually impaired runners to push it to the next level,” said Hunter.


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