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!