This Blind Marathon Runner Will Inspire You To Literally Chase Your Dreams
Have you ever tried walking blindfolded? How about running? 56-year old Randall Crosby from Tallahassee has — not as some sort of experiment, but because he’s blind. His condition didn’t stop him from running the 26.6-mile annual Tallahassee Marathon Sunday last week. Nor has it ever stopped him from running after his dreams, and inspire others to do the same in the process.
Blind at 27
Randall was born with a rare, inherited disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, or PR. His vision was partially impaired during grade school. This didn’t crush his will to live. Neither did his condition’s first heavy toll — the ending of his football aspirations. He took up various other sports. He helped his father with their family tomato fields, until he couldn’t do that either. His vision steadily deteriorated, making him legally blind at the age of 27, and finally fading to pitch black 10 years ago.
Like any living human being, the gift of eyesight was precious to Randall. But overcoming adversity is what makes the difference between him and many others. “Not a day or a moment goes by where I don’t wish for sight,” he said. “But I’ve learned to live without it.”
Running For Life
It was when he lost his eyesight completely that he started running. And not just jogging to the supermarket – running marathons which would give many people with perfect vision and half his age trouble. After being encouraged by a friend, he ran 5k and fell in love with it. Now, he is an inspiration — to runners alike or anyone who appreciates the power of the human spirit and mind. Just like Gabrielle Gabrielli and Billy Miller, two of his running guides: “I really don’t see myself as helping Randall run,” says Gabrielli. “He’s the most positive person I think I’ve ever met,” says Billy.
Randall plans to run at least 50 miles a month this year – 5 more than last. However, marathons are by far not the only avocation where his character shines. He’s happy to share his story with curious listeners. He even spurs bursts of laughter with his self-ironic stand-up comedy acts. Anything Randall does serves as a reminder that blindness doesn’t have to put an end to human connection.
A Spirit Of Gratitude
“It’s other people’s attitude toward us that … is the hard part,” he said. Hopefully, he can look through the eyes of all the people who admire him and see all that he’s worth.
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