Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Run Blind Dave, Run!

Can you imagine if the electricity went out at night and you have to feel your way around? Well, that is what Blind Dave's world is like, but all the time. Now, can you imagine running in that kind of condition. Blind Dave is doing something amazing. He is running 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. For his third leg, he ran around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena; and I had the opportunity to run with him. Here's a little video about Blind Dave Heeley.

I got to the Rose Bowl a little after 10:30 in the morning. There was already quite a bit of fanfare. The ABC Eyewitness News crew was there filming, as well as a press corp taking pictures and doing interviews. The Mayor of Pasadena even came out and gave a short speech. The people from the Braille Institute, with their blue t-shirts, filled the audience. Dave gave a short speech and then started running.

It was very exciting to be part of his journey. I think I had a smile on my face the whole way while running. There was about 10-20 people in the pack with Dave. I was surprised that not more local runners were out there. I guess people have to work. However, I did see Tom and Nicole, then Chepo joined in later. I only ran the first 4 laps with Blind Dave as I was scheduled to only do 12 miles that day.

People like Dave is such an inspiration to me. After seeing him, I would never take my running for granted.