Blind runner to take part in Houston Marathon celebrations again on Sunday

HOUSTON (KIAH) Brandon Adams was born visually impaired, and when he was 15 years old, he completely lost his sight.

It was in 2005 when he tried his first half marathon and he hasn’t looked back since.

Adams has currently competed in 13 such races, in addition to full marathons, triathlons, and even Iron Man triathlons.

His father says he doesn’t let his disability stop him from doing what he wants.

“Whatever he has, which may or may not be a violation – some people may see it as a violation – he just sort of pushes through and just tries to do what he wants to do for the day,” David Adams said. .

The EyeCan Alliance brings together blind runners like Brandon with sighted guides.

A short cable connects the two runners, and the guide can give verbal instructions and gently nudge them to navigate the course ahead.

Brandon and other blind runners set the pace, while guides like local dentist Dr. Adam Smook say it can be tricky to keep up.

But he, like Brandon, is more than up for the challenge on Sunday when he runs his fifth half marathon as a guide.

“The first four I did myself,” said Adam Smook. “I just wanted to have a good time – better and better. When I met Brandon, it just inspired – and David – to become a paraguide and be able to do it.”

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