DENVER – The average mile is about 2,000 steps. Now imagine running that blind 100 times.
Ultra-runner Jason Romero is looking to do just that. On Thursday morning, he began a 100-mile jog around Washington Park in Denver. Step by step, he will money and awareness for Anchor Center for Blind Children, a preschool for visually-impaired infants and children.
"Being blind can be very difficult, but with great organizations like Anchor Center, our blind children can grow up with good self-esteem and lead fulfilling independent lives," he said.
Romero is legally blind. He was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa when he was 14-years old. He is gradually losing his vision, but it hasn't slowed him down.
Romero currently holds the world records in the 100 mile, 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour runs for visually-impaired athletes. Just laws week, he won the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes National Marathon Championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Thursday's run began at 7 a.m. All of the money Romero raises will be donated directly to Anchor Center for Blind Children.
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