Blind Teen Running Cross Country? Totally!

25 Nov

Usually, training and running cross country is hard enough. But, now try to close your eyes and avoid roots and bumps while running. Well, this is what Ohio runner, Sami Stoner, has to deal with day in and day out.

The 16 year old and junior at Lexington High School is legally blind and is believed to be the first blind runner to run cross country with a guide dog in the state of Ohio. Her golden retriever also guides her around school during the day. The dog, Chloe, helps her move around roots and bumps and Sami has to feel how the dog is moving to tell where she should move.

Her personal record (as of October) is a time of 29:53. She also has to start 20-30 seconds behind all the other runners so she does not get spiked by runners in front of her. Along the race course, she is known to pass some other runners.

So next time you run, just be grateful for what you can see.


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