What is 2020 Vision Quest?

We lead and inspire students and professionals to reach their peak potential while providing financial support for crucial vision services.

2020 Vision Quest supports two organizations—NH Association for the Blind, and the internationally renowned Guiding Eyes for the Blind—to help ensure that life-changing services for the blind may always continue.

Learn more about 2020 Vision Quest

Book a presentation

Invite Randy to speak at your school or organization!

" ...it rocked the entire audience of 130 people. There were farmers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, artists from young to old... Everyone felt that Randy was talking to them. It was a profound experience."
– Celeste Barr, Beaver Brook Association

Support our mission

Your tax-deductible donation helps to raise and train dog guides, reach out to young people, and maintain services for blind people in New Hampshire. Any amount is welcome.

Autumn leads Randy up a moderate section of rock ledge near the steep summit of Mount Chocorua. Randy holds Autumn's harness in his left hand and a pole in his right. Tracy Pierce looks on from left, and two unknown hikers are also in the background. All are dressed in jackets for a cold, September day, with low clouds but still some view to the valley below.

#miles4quinn

Our community has logged
11,945
miles
as of Weds. Oct. 22nd!

Log my miles

Did you walk, run, bike, or otherwise undertake healthy miles today? Dedicate them to the Mighty Quinn!

Learn more about #miles4quinn

Peak Progress...

Fall Arrives on the Scene, and Autumn is Arriving on Summits

We all know that times may change, and with that companions may change too, but we still believe in taking on new challenges and climbing higher. Carefully planned, incrementally more challenging "trial trips" for Randy and Autumn into nearby hills and then mountains this summer indicated that the lovely Miss Autumn has not only aptitude and ability for hiking as Randy’s dog guide, but also--not a big surprise--the all-important enthusiasm! Above, she’s pictured with Randy nearing the summit of picturesque Mount Chocorua in late September.

Back to School - With fall’s arrival leaves are turning, days are cooling down, and you probably know of at least one or two favorite schools that could benefit from a 2020 Vision Quest school presentation. Randy and Autumn are raring to go in her namesake season, and now is a great time to schedule their trip to your school! When the last school year drew to a close in New England, a grand total of some 33,000 local students had had the chance to see and hear presentations on a variety of topics and themes, including seeking and reaching their peak potential. And as this new school year arrives, we look forward to an exciting new slate of these presentations. Have you seen 2020’s updated School Presentations page yet?

Speaking of welcome returns, NFL football is also back on the scene. Have you had a chance to check out our new Documentary page? It provides links to several videos including the Sports Emmy-nominated “HBO Fan Life” perspective on Randy’s Patriot fandom, plus a “Four More Feet” trailer, documentaries on 2020 Vision Quest’s Independence Day 2010 Mt. Washington climb, and a moving winter 2014 tribute to The Mighty Quinn.

11,000 Miles4Quinn now in the Rear-View Mirror - Will Miles4Quinn someday catch and eclipse the number of students 2020 Vision Quest has reached--currently over 33,000 and climbing? Are you logging your miles?

While Quinn succumbed to cancer this past January, his legacy lives on in many ways. As one, he “wrote” us a powerful short story of his life that you can purchase through author Eileen Doyon’s page for the bookPet Tales: Unconditional Love, or at amazon.com (printed book and Kindle e-reader version).

Accolades continue to come in as the University of New Hampshire’s Alumni Association has notified Randy of its plan to award him its 2014 Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement—given annually to honor a University of New Hampshire graduate for significant accomplishments in business or professional life or for public service to their community, state or nation.

Randy has also been selected for the honor of developing and delivering a “TedX Talk” on November 15th in Manchester, NH. “Ted Talks,” as many of you are already aware, are “thought-leader” presentations by public figures on a wide variety of topics, delivered to a live audience, which are recorded and then YouTube-posted for availability to a global audience.

Peak Potential Event November 22nd - As noted above, Autumn has been busy and accomplished this summer as well! She’s climbed her first 4,000-foot peaks with Randy (Mts. Field and Tom in July); plus Agamenticus, Pack Monadnock and Chocorua; and has even been resourceful enough to secure her ticket to her very first Peak Potential Event on Saturday night November 22nd! Have you made plans to join us yet, and have you secured your tickets? The room has almost sold out again, but auction item donations and sponsorships are two other great ways to support this important annual event. We hope to see you there!

From the Blog

Randy to speak at TEDx--Are you on board?

- Randy will give a TEDx talk in Manchester, NH on November 15! Learn more in this week's blog. Read more

Bay State and Beyond - My Blind Marathon Journey

- Randy is training for the 2015 Boston Marathon. This week, he shares some of the details of that long journey. Read more

Seeing the hardest part of going blind

- Randy discusses some of the challenges he experienced while going blind, and how you can help others struggling with vision loss. Read more

All our dogs are heroes

- Quinn may not have won the AKC Award for Canine Excellence, but he's a winner in all our hearts. What story would you like to share of your beloved furry friend? Read more

Chocorua: An Autumn Hike with Friends!

- Randy wrangles an eager Autumn on her fourth hike, building a stronger relationship as they summit Mt. Chocorua with a small crew of close friends. Read more

Just an Autumn Day in the Life

- Ever wondered what Randy does in a typical day? Randy opens a little window for us on his daily life with Autumn. Read more
Picture showing Randy and Quinn climbing Mt. Monroe in the winter, Quinn holding his head majestically up in the air.

We Salute and Honor the Marvelous Mighty Quinn
12/11/04 — 1/20/14

Farewell Quinn – We are all so fortunate to have had you touch our lives. Your love, devotion, perseverance and playfulness are held ever so warmly in our hearts. You enriched my life in so many wonderful ways well beyond the incredible Guide work for which you were trained. The heights we climbed, the lives you changed and the vacancy you leave are unimaginably immense. I hurt and grieve your loss intensely. I promise to honor you and the gifts you gave to me, Tracy and our world. I love you my beloved boy and I am in the company of so many who will feel similarly.

Read our Blog entry for more information about Quinn and some great stories about his amazing life.

Welcome, Autumn!

Autumn in harness smiles up at the camera.

Randy's new guide dog has entered our lives and charmed our hearts. Learn more about Autumn here.

How does a sightless man climb a mountain?

See a 15-minute documentary film about Randy and 2020 Vision Quest's July 4th climb of Mount Washington. Teaser video of Blind Ambition
Watch the "Blind Ambition" trailer

2020 DVDs still available!

We are proud to announce Extended Availability of the 2020 VisionQuest DVD "Four More Feet" documenting Randy and Quinn's Historic Winter 48 Hikes! DVD ordering instructions, along with the download for the Descriptive Video Service, can be found at the following link.

Get a copy of "Four More Feet"
Support the Vision! Visit our online gift shop. All profits support our charitable mission.