Fast DC Trier Andy Sovotnick guided a visually challenged runner, Amy Bell McDonaugh, to 7th place among the women at the Oct. 7 Wilson Bridge Half Marathon. 6:25 pace for both.
The (hardly) handicapped runner in question has won a Cincinnati marathon:
must've been the chicken tenders
It was one of the most fun experiences I've ever had racing/running... very rewarding and inspiring too. It's the highlight of my year so far. Amy is very tough and determined, just what you need to be a strong endurance runner.
The fastest male visually-impaired runner at WWB 13.1, Aaron Scheidies (who ran a blistering 1:18), is also a very accomplished triathlete, regularly competing among the elite ranks. Check him out too -- he promotes a charity, CDifferent, which for one connects VI athletes with guides.
I fed Amy no chicken tenders (she's a vegetarian) but did explain their benefits.
Awesome stuff, Andy. You're a stud. Andy also mentored me (countless advice) when I started tri last season so I can attest to his general awesomeness. I thought the highlight of the year mighta been me besting his bike split at PHLY tri but suppose there's room to share. Be afraid next season...be very afraid ;). Keep up the great work my man.
Great inspiration for a dreary Tuesday morning. Fantastic race Andy and Amy!
That is just awesome! Good work.