2020 Vision Quest in the Media
August 29, 2017 - Outside magazine story on service dogs features Randy and Autumn.
August 15, 2017 - "Randy Pierce Shares What It's Like To Run A Tough Mudder Blind" - by Randy Pierce, as seen in ToughMudder.com
February 3, 2017 - "Super Pats fan from Nashua ready for Sunday's showdown" - Manchester Union Leader story on Randy's Pats fandom and the Super Bowl, by Kimberly Houghton.
December 16, 2016 - "Blind Adventurer and Advocate Receives Service Award - 2016 Jo Adcock Service Award Presented to Randy Pierce " - NH Association for the Blind's website announces major service award to Randy.
January 21, 2016 - "Blind Mountain Climber Aims High" - SeacoastOnline.com's coverage of Randy's recent visit to the Marston Elementary School in Hampton NH
October 7, 2015 - "Randy Pierce Interview" - 13-minute podcast of WHEB radio interview - Portsmouth NH (may require login (free))
August 3, 2015 - "Interview with Randy Pierce" - 19-minute interview on WNST Audio Vault - Baltimore
July 31, 2015 - "This Man Ran the Boston Marathon and Is About to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro—and He’s Blind" - Men's Health story re-run with different photos, from msn.com
July 31, 2015 - "This Man Ran the Boston Marathon and Is About to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro—and He’s Blind" - Men's Health feature on Randy
June 3, 2015 - "NHPTV Receives Two Boston/New England Emmy® Awards for Windows to the Wild" - (One is for "Outstanding Magazine Program/Special" for the "Hiking in the Dark" show with Randy and Quinn.) NHPTV - Willem Lange. "Video of the 27-minute show, which aired on 2/5/14"
April 2015 Boston Marathon-related Coverage
April 30, 2015 - "Quinn Strong--Running with the Power of Purpose - Randy Pierce" - by Woody Harrell in "BostonLog.com."
April 21, 2015 - "Pierce, legally blind, breaks four hours at Boston " - Seacoast (NH) Online story post-marathon. (Requires subscription).
April 20, 2015 - "Blind endurance runner takes on next challenge at the Boston Marathon" - Sports Illustrated SI.com national feature story.
April 20, 2015 - "Blind Man Climbs 48 Mountains. What He Plans Now is Even More Challenging" - Epoch Times' "Inspired" feature on Randy, Tough Mudder, Boston Marathon.
April 20, 2015 - "Nashua Runner Races Boston Marathon For Beloved Guide Dog" - NH Public Radio story...NHPR Reporter Paige Sutherland did training run with the team 8 days before Marathon Monday to conduct "mobile interview."
April 20, 2015 - "'Team With A Vision' Blind Runner Ready To Tackle Boston Marathon Course" - WBZ-TV's Kate Merrill interviews Randy and Greg on-camera pre-race Monday morning in Hopkinton. (video)
April 19, 2015 - "Team with a Vision" – Foster's Daily Democrat (Dover, NH) story on 2020's Boston Marathon team of Randy, Peter and Christine Houde of Somersworth NH, and Greg Hallerman of Hollis NH.
April 17, 2015 - "Blind Patriots season-ticket holder gets the game better than anyone" – Yahoo! Sports' Shutdown Corner blog covers Randy's Patriots fandom, Tough Mudder, and marathon plans.
April 16, 2015 - "This Blind Man Climbs Every Mountain, And Now He’s About To Run The Boston Marathon" – WBUR-Boston radio's "CommonHealth" blog on Randy, 2020 Vision Quest, and the Boston Marathon. Includes, at the top, a six-minute interview version of the story.
April 15, 2015 - "Sneakers to Asphalt" - UNH Today's feature on Univ. of New Hampshire students, alumni and staff running Boston 2015 includes profile on Randy, class of '88.
March/April 2015 - Tough Mudder Los Angeles...
April 3, 2015 - "Blind man who was once wheelchair-bound completes Tough Mudder challenge...and is now preparing to run Boston Marathon in honor of his guide dog. – Coverage from Britain's Daily Mail newspaper
April 3, 2015 - "Blind Man From Nashua Competes in Tough Mudder, Uplifting Video Goes Viral – Shark FM 105.3 (Seacoast NH) Radio's account of the Tough Mudder
April 3, 2015 - "Blind Man Completes Tough Mudder, Vows to Run Boston Marathon" – Fox25 Boston's interview of Randy, with Tough Mudder video
April 2, 2015 - "Video of blind Nashua man competing in tough mudder goes viral" – WMUR-TV New Hampshire interview, with video of event
April 1, 2015 - "Randy Pierce_Oberto Beef Jerky_Heroes of Summer" – YouTube's Oberto/Tough Mudder original video
March 10, 2015 - "Rising to Great Heights--An Interview with Randy Pierce" – Stacey Alcorn's 19-minute, radio show interview of Randy.
March 4, 2015 - "Achieving your Peak Potential" – Video of Randy's 90-minute presentation at the Groton MA Public Library as part of its "Groton Reads" series.
February 12, 2015 - "New Hampshire Chronicle - WMUR-TV - Guide Dog Training" – Six-minute segment on Guiding Eyes for the Blind's work in New Hampshire, with footage about Randy and Autumn.
January 19, 2015 - "Blind Man May Be Biggest Pats Fan" – New England Cable News interview of Randy the morning after AFC championship win.
January 1, 2015 - "Millennium Mile draws 1,500" – Manchester (NH) Union Leader article about this race includes several paragraphs on Randy and longtime friend and 2020 staff member Rob Webber.
December 28, 2014 - "Blind Fan Soaks up Essence of Patriots Games" – Boston Sunday Globe feature story on Randy, his approach to life, and his lifelong Patriot fandom.
December 21, 2014 - "Guiding Eyes" – Arielle Zionts's 7-minute radio interview with Randy about learning to work with Autumn--also background about Quinn and Ostend.
November 15, 2014 - New Hampshire Magazine.com – Lists Randy among "influential Granite Staters representing the arts, philanthropy, business, the local food movement, sports, science, education and more."
November 9, 2014 - Get Healthy Get a Dog – Harvard Medical School Special Health Report excerpt; Randy and Quinn are profiled
November 1, 2014 - TedX Amoskeag Millyard 2014 website – Lists slate of speakers (includes Randy) for 11/15/2014, with biographical sketches.
October 15, 2014 - NH Chronicle Part 1 and NH Chronicle Part 2 WMUR-TV - Repeating an old favorite feature that first aired in December of 2010 - Parts 1 and 2 of feature on Randy, Quinn and Tracy in early days of their hiking adventures
September 21, 2014 - Concord Monitor – "Looking to Inspire Others through a Clear Vision" - Ray Duckler article about Randy, 2020 Vision Quest, and a brief late-summer hike in Goffstown
September 16, 2014 - "Mission Possible" - Talking Information Center – audio interview of Randy about training and teamwork with Autumn; Play the "Mission Possible - Randy Pierce" recording.
July 5, 2014 - Valley News – Article about Randy and Brent Bell's "double century" bicycle ride
On the Web
Also in the news
Randy's story has been covered by a number of local, regional and national media.
May 16, 2014 - Hollis Brookline Journal – Talent show at Hollis School makes major donation to 2020 Vision Quest
May 16, 2014 - Leominster (MA) Champion Article – Tara Kerrigan Cucchiara's account of a prior visit by Randy and Quinn to an Ashburnham MA school
May 16, 2014 - Nashua Telegraph article - Randy addresses Hudson Memorial School seventh graders (Note: may require paid subscription to view.)
April 25, 2014 - Letter to the Editors – Seacoast Online – about Wellness Day
April 22, 2014 - Seacoast Online article on Newmarket Junior/Senior High School’s Wellness Day and Randy’s keynote address
April 19, 2014 - Foster’s Daily Democrat article on Newmarket Junior/Senior High School’s Wellness Day and Randy’s keynote address
April 5, 2014 - The Nashua Telegraph’s coverage of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s Community Hero Award to 2020 Vision Quest (Note: may require paid subscription to view.)
April 2, 2014 - Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation’s “Community Hero” award presented to 2020 Vision Quest
March 04, 2014 - "NBC Today Show segment on Guiding Eyes dogs.” Includes brief clip of Randy and Quinn doing Winter 48, plus a segment on good friend of 2020 Vision Quest, Amy Dixon
February 14, 2014 - "Unconditional love: blind hiker Randy Pierce, wife Tracy and guide dog Quinn” by Irene Labombarde in the Hollis Brookline Journal
February 7, 2014 - "New England Blind & Visually Impaired Festival to be Held at Sugarloaf” in the Franklin Sun Journal
October 16, 2013 - "Bank of NH Celebrates with 2020 Vision Quest” Sponsorship story following Randy and Quinn's completion of NH 48May 16, 2013 - "Randy Pierce and 2020 Vision Quest” two part video on WCSH6 in Portland
May 7, 2013 - "Mountain climber aims high despite blindness” by Lisa Tetrault-Zhe of Seacoastonline (Note: may require paid subscription to view.)
March 29, 2013 - "Blind Alum shares experiences hiking all 48 NH 4,000 footers” by Catie Hall
March 23, 2013 - "Hiker with grand vision...” by Christina Higginbotham at Fosters.com
March 11, 2013 - "Documentary on Blind Hiker Randy Pierce '88 Screens at UNH...”
September 16, 2012 - "Blind Hiker Scales all the tallest White Mountains” by Taryn Plumb at the Boston Globe
September 15, 2012 - "PEAK EXPERIENCES – Blind Hiker Randy Pierce, along with friends...” on NewHampshire.com
September 14, 2012 - "Blind Hiker on a 'Vision Quest'” on Boston.com
March 12, 2012 - "Blind Man Completes Quest to Hike Every Large NH Peak in One Winter” on CBS Boston
March 10, 2012 - "Blind Mountain Climber To Complete Quest” on WCVB.com
March 5, 2012 - "Blind NH Man Prepares to Hike Into the Record Books” by Lauren Leamanczyk of WBZ-TV.
May 25, 2011 - "Blind Hiker, Guide Dog Visit CSDC” by Beth Potier in UNH Campus Journal.
May 10, 2011: Tedy Bruschi of the New England Patriots describes his hike with Randy, Sherpa John,
and other members of Team 2020! Tedy is going on to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Read "Preparing for Kilimanjaro: An old friend shows this mountain climbing rookie the ropes"
May 10, 2011: The Lowell Sun runs an article about one of Randy's presentations at a Tewksbury, MA elementary school.
Read "Blind mountaineer inspires school kids to appreciate life"
April 28, 2011: The Mountain Ear in Conway, NH writes about Randy's story and 2020 Vision Quest.
Read "Randy Pierce, The Mighty Quinn and 2020 Vision Quest bring ability awareness to new heights"
March 2, 2011: The News and Sentinel of Colebrook, NH runs a story about Randy and
Sherpa John's winter hike up Mount Lafayette.
Read "Randy Pierce Reaching New Heights"
January 27, 2011: Marga Bessette of WZID, 95.7 FM in New Hampshire, interviews Randy
for the Eye on NH podcast. (15 minutes)
Listen to "Marga talks with Randy Pierce of 20/20 Vision Quest"
January 25, 2011: Liberty Mutual's Responsibility Project publishes a question-and-answer
session with Randy about 2020 Vision Quest.
Read "Questions for: Randy Pierce"
December 1, 2010: NH Chronicle, a magazine-style show in Nashua, runs a
12-minute feature on Randy and 2020 Vision Quest. (no longer available online)
September 28, 2010: The New Hampshire (UNH student newspaper) runs
a feature on their dogged alumnus.
Read "Blind alum sets goals on historic feat"
September 23, 2010: Randy is interviewed on the Mark Cookson Radio
Show on WSMN Radio 1590AM.
Listen to podcast "The Nashua Hour" with Alderman Mark Cookson
September 5, 2010: Featured in NHReporter.com, an online newspaper. “Nashua Man and his Seeing Eye dog to summit 48 White Mountain Peaks” (article no longer available online)
July 4, 2010: The Nashua Telegraph feature on the boy and his dog
coincides with Team 2020's Mt. Washington climb. This feature includes
a 4-minute video.
Read and watch "Dog helps blind man scale the heights"
June 23, 2010: Boston's WBZ-TV4 and some other CBS affiliates feature Randy's quest (no longer available online).
On the Web
Randy and Quinn are also featured by a number of companies and organizations via their web sites.
May 30, 2014 - Guiding Eyes for the Blind - 2013 Annual Report – Cover image is of Randy and Quinn on a rim above the Grand Canyon
May 5, 2014 - "Mission Possible" - Talking Information Center – audio interview of Randy; scroll down to the May 5th interview; start at the 8-minute mark.
February 5, 2014 - “Hiking in the Dark” on Windows to the Wild, a half hour TV episode
May 26, 2013 – Pet World Insider Radio Segment
April 1, 2013 – Fairway Mortgage Press Release
April 2013 - “Documentary on Blind Hiker Randy Pierce” by the Governor's Commission on Disability
February 11, 2013 – Randy skiing for the first time
October 7, 2013 - “Bank of New Hampshire Celebrates with 2020 Vision Quest” press release
March 14, 2012 - “Challenges Met” on NH Public Radio Podcast
March 4, 2012 – Winter 48 Completion Press Release
Teva footwear names Randy as its first Life Agent in April 2010.
Read "Teva Selects First $10,000 Life Agent Winner"
VisionAware is a self-help resource for those with vision loss.
Read "Personal Story: Randy Pierce, founder of 2020 Vision Quest"
Ruffwear is the company that manufactures Quinn's footwear.
Read "mighty quinn and 2020 vision quest"
Canidae, the food that fuels the Mighty Quinn.
Read "Guide Dog 'Quinn' Helps Blind Hiker Scale Mountains"
UNH College of Health and Human Services runs a notice about Randy's
preparatory hike through the Pemigewasset Wilderness with Brent Bell's
Backcountry Adventure Class. (no longer available online)
2020 Vision Quest in the blogosphere
May 16, 2014 - "Running on Om" – Julia Hanlon's blog about Randy and running
May 5, 2014 - "Providence Marathon Race Report" – Blog report from Thor Kirleis, Randy's Providence running guide
May 5, 2014 - "Healing, Hope and Possibility" – Mary McManus blog about Randy qualifying for Boston 2015
April 11, 2014 - The “Stay Work Play New Hampshire” website’s blog featured 2020 Vision Quest
July 15, 2013 - “Four More Feet – Blind Hiker Randy Pierce” on Mpower Sports
May 28, 2013 - “(Wo)man's Best Friend)” by Laura Brusseau on stayworkplay New Hampshire
March 30, 2013 - “Blind Mountain Hiker's Experiences Captured in Documentary” by Catie Hall on SpecialEdPost
March 6, 2013 - “March is Disability Awareness Month” by Amy Tierce on AmyRates.com
November 10, 2012 - “Four More Feet Movie About Blind Hiker Randy Pierce...” by Betty Pauwels at My Day, My Interests Photoblog
September 19, 2012 - “Randy Pierce first blind person to climb NH's 48 summits” by Dave Peatfield at The Crowded Mind
April 15, 2012 - “Seeing Eye Dog, Quinn, Helps Owner, Randy Pierce, Reach New Heights” by April at The Teacher's Pet
March 14, 2012 - “Thank you, Randy Pierce” by Roiling Snake Ball at the Daily Kos
March 7, 2012 - “Wednesday Shout-Out: 20/20 Vision Quest” by Patricia Ellis Herr on *Girls on the Way*
September 11, 2011 - “Randy Pierce and Quinn on Moosilauke Summit” photo by Elizabeth Kilmarx
August 1, 2011 – “Where is your Vision taking you and who is helping you get there?” by Lisa Berman at Seaside Reflections
January 1, 2011 - “2020 Vision Quest” by Melissa French on The More With Less Mom
August 12, 2010 - “Hiking the 48 in NH, Blind with a Guide Dog” by KSL on Lola Beans
REI hiking gear blog run a heads-up about Randy's 9/11/10 climb of Mt. Liberty.
Read "Blind Hiker, Randy Pierce Lends a Hand"
Lola Beans, a dog-people community, runs a feature on Quinn.
Read "Hiking the 48 in NH, Blind with a Guide Dog"
“Stairs? I Want to Climb Mountains!” in the GEB Program
Other Web resources
February 16, 2014 - “The Mighty Quinn – A Truly Heroic and Inspirational Dog That You Must Know About” Pet World Insider Article
February 1, 2014 - “Mighty Quinn, service dog and friend to Blind Hiker Randy Pierce...” Nashua Telegraph
January 30, 2014 - “Guide Dog who helped blind owner climb mountains dies” on WMUR
January 24, 2014 - “In Honor of the Mighty Quinn” 2020VisionQuest blog
January 22, 2014 - “A Tribute to the Ultimate Guide Dog” by Jim Darroch at EMS
January 21, 2014 - “Hiking Guide Dog Passes Away” by JoAnna Lou on The Bark