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.

Randy sits alone near the summit of Kilimanjaro in this almost-surreal September 2015 image. He's in a winter-temperature hiking outfit with warm hat and gloves on, but is sitting on a rock in what appears to be a huge area of all dark-brown rocks and gravel--sort of moon-like. It's shortly after sunrise and Randy is facing toward the warmth of the radiant sun. Off in the distant background are what appear to be a few huge white chunks of remaining glacier the size of large buildings.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

August 29 - North Country Union High School -Newport VT

September 1 - Northwestern Mutual - Corp. Presentation

September 16-17 - "Reach the Beach" Relay

2020 Vision Quest calendar

Septembers to Remember!

What was running through Randy’s mind as he sat alone for a few moments of exhausted reflection last September, near the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (photo, above)? Probably plenty of things, but we can be pretty certain that one of them was something to the effect of “What can my friends and I attempt in the next year or two as we try to further the important causes that 2020 Vision Quest supports?”

Now a year later, after some big new accomplishments ( e.g. 50,000th school student addressed, second TEDx talk, second Boston Marathon finish) and much-needed focus on dealing with significant health challenges, September 2016 shapes up as an exciting, impactful month!

1 – “Reach the Beach” Relay

On the weekend of September 16th and 17th, Randy will be part of the first-ever Ultra Reebok Ragnar Relay team comprised entirely of athletes who are visually impaired. The six athletes of “Team with a Vision”—brought together through a partnership between the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) and 2020 Vision Quest—will be joined by six more athletes from the Coastal Athletic Association who will serve as their sighted guides. This exciting matchup will reunite Randy with his good friend Pete Houde (instrumental in organizing this whole team), who guided Randy in his very first Tough Mudder and also for the first half of their very successful 2015 Boston Marathon. This combined team of 12 seeks to raise awareness for the abilities of athletes with disabilities everywhere—while competing in one of the oldest relay races in the U.S. This team will have half the members of all other teams in the race; thus each runner will need to run twice the typical distance. Randy and Pete will be running nearly 40 miles of this race—over 200 miles from Bretton Woods NH to Hampton Beach NH—as a pair.

2 – Seacoast Century Bicycle Ride

On the following weekend, September 24-25, Randy will hop back on a tandem bike with his close friend, ski coach and fellow biking enthusiast Brent Bell for a 100-mile bicycle ride around the beautiful NH seacoast. Or, will the bike possibly have a third seat as well, and will a third “mystery rider” join the team? Watch for more information about this adventure in the near future!

3 – School Visits as Autumn Returns...with Randy too!

If you’re a local parent or educator interested in booking Randy and Autumn to visit your school and present to your students, now’s a great time to book them! Check out the "For Educators" page here at our site. Carrying powerful messages to nearby schools about the importance of goal-setting, problem-solving and reaching one’s own unique peak potential, Randy has excited and inspired over 50,000 local students (and counting) since founding 2020 Vision Quest in 2010. These school presentations are, in fact, the single most important service provided by our organization. And while donations or honorariums are welcome, the presentations are at no cost to schools. If your school is within reasonable traveling distance from southern New Hampshire, or if creative transportation solutions can be arranged, schedule an Autumn visit now!

From the Blog

How does Autumn warn you of an obstacle?

- This week we get a little insight into how Randy and Autumn work together for optimum safety. Read more

Pardon the interruption, but did you just kill my friend?

- Randy shares his and his (nearly killed) friend's experiences demonstrating the danger of distracted driving. Read more

"What's next?" -- Everyone

- What's next for Randy? Despite recent medical challenges, he's got a few more adventures in the works. Read more

Live Free or Die!?

- We all allow ourselves to be the prisoner of things in our lives sometimes. What are the keys to freedom? Read more

Summertime and Hot Dogs!

- Randy shares a few tips on how he keeps Autumn cool, hydrated, and happy in the "dog days" of summer. Read more

Reaching out and taking action for help and healing

- This week, Randy boosts the signal to support a friend riding in the Pan Mass Challenge to fight against cancer. Read more

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.