A wide shot of the Andes Mountains with a snow covered Mt. Ausangate in the center. The 2020 team of eleven are hiking in the foreground on a beautiful day.

2020 Vision Quest in the Media

August 16, 2021 – Randy prominently mentioned in Manchester Union Leader story leading up to the 8/17 United Way “Over the Edge” event.

April 17, 2021 – BroadEye Podcast released. Randy chats with co-hosts and eye-health professionals Shawn Maloney and Bruno Fernandez on vision-related topics.

April 12, 2021 – See and hear a recording of the outstanding “Backpacking Podcast”/ Zoom with John Kelly, where he chats with Randy and Justin Sylvester.

March 28, 2021 – Nashua NH’s Gate City Striders 2021 Awards Video – Randy is named Most Inspirational (begins at 8:15 mark); and 2020 Vision Quest volunteer staff member Carolina Tumminelli is named Woman Volunteer of the Year (begins at 10:25).

March 4, 2021Podcast recording of Randy’s interview with Dr. Deb Osgood for her Movers and Shakers show on iHeart Radio.

January 30, 2021 – Nashua NH’s Gate City Striders name Randy January’s Runner of the Month. Read full interview here.

November 15, 2020 – Randy is featured in Sierra Club national magazine story–A Burgeoning Movement Improves Outdoor Accessibility for the Blind

October 14, 2020 – Randy is interviewed by host Scott Goyette for his “The Awakening You” podcast. (This content no longer available online.)

September 19, 2020 – NESN profiles Team With A Vision runners in excellent 5-minute piece about Virtual Boston Marathon 2020. Includes coverage of Randy and of Autumn’s passing, beginning at 3:20.

September 14, 2020 – Four More Feet documentary movie–now available at Amazon!

September 8, 2020 – Excellent “Diary of a Nation” podcast featuring Randy and dedicated to Autumn Pierce

August 28, 2020 – Randy talks with Jeff Saari and Matt Schmidt on The Focus Coach podcast episode “On Positive Adversity.”

August 13, 2020 – The free language learning organization, Duolingo, is helping people around the world learn new languages. Now, they’re using the story of Randy and Quinn to educate and motivate! Check out their podcast!

May 20, 2020 – Excellent new interview of Randy, by Luke DePron of the Live Great Lifestyle podcast (39 mins)

January 7, 2020 – Fitness Resolutions with Vision Loss – Randy shares his story and goal-setting tips with interviewers Elyse Heinrich and Steve Kelley from Hadley Learning.  52-minute audio, plus written transcript of same

August 27, 2019 – Dangerous Vision Presents: Firm Footing – Part 2 of Randy Cohen’s (MABVI and Harvard Business School) podcast conversation with Randy Pierce – 35 minutes

August 22, 2019 – Dangerous Vision Presents: Randy Squared – Part 1 of Randy Cohen’s (MABVI and Harvard Business School) podcast conversation with Randy Pierce – 38 minutes

December 1, 2018 – Nancy Eckerson in Foster’s suggests Randy and Tracy’s See You at the Summit for reading and gift-giving

October 29, 2018 – Haunted House in Manchester raises funds to benefit 2020 Vision Quest

September 24th, 2018 – United Way Community Connections Radio Show Podcast of Randy’s 9/24 live interview with Mike Apfelberg of Nashua United Way

September 12th, 2018 – BK Sports’ Blaine Kellar interviews Randy about Beep Baseball (YouTube, 16 mins)

August 26th, 2018 – Concord Monitor Blind baseball team beats N.H. Fisher Cats front office, stereotypes in Manchester

August 26th, 2018 – Manchester Union Leader ‘Beep baseball’ showcased in Manchester

November 9th, 2017 – WMUR-TV report on Randy’s recent presentation at the Moore Center in Manchester NH

October 26, 2017 – Keene NH Sentinel story on Randy’s 10/25 presentation to the Keene Family YMCA

October 18, 2017 – Keene NH Sentinel article on Randy preceding his Keene Family YMCA presentation

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

April 17, 2017 – “NH Runners Compete in Boston Marathon” – WMUR TV coverage post-race. Randy featured beginning at 2:20 mark of this video

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

Recent months…

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 24, 2014 – Press notice about 2020 Vision Quest’s $30K donation to NHAB on the NH Center for Nonprofits website

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 48

May 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.

April 25, 2014 – Article in Mental Floss titled “9 People Who Just Did it Anyway.” Randy is one of the nine people featured.

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’ 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”

SherpaJohn, a companion hiker, features Randy in two articles.
Read “Seeing is Believing”
Read “Liberty” “>Read “Belknaps with Bruschi”

Alderman Mark Cookson’s blog features 2020 Vision Quest’s documentary video

The 25th Hour – blogger Karen Cardoza notes Randy’s Teva endorsement

“Stairs? I Want to Climb Mountains!” in the GEB Program

UberVU social media aggregator captures re-tweets of the WBZ-TV feature

WorldNewsNetwork aggregates many of Randy’s YouTube videos

Other Web resources

2020VQ on Facebook

2020VQ on Twitter

2020VQ on LinkedIn

Randy on LinkedIn

Four More Feet on Facebook

Four More Feet web page

Wikipedia entry on 2020 Vision Quest

Blind Ambition Video – a 4-minute overview of Randy and his quest

Blind To Failure Video – a 12-minute documentary of the July 4 Mt Washington hike

More 2020 Videos on YouTube

The Randy Pierce Channel on YouTube

SpotAdventures trip report on our Welch-Dickey trip

Randy earns his 2nd degree black belt – and breaks a few things getting there 😉

Patman Forever, a feature on Randy’s love for the NE Patriots in UNH Magazine

2020 Vision Quest Gear on CafePress

Quinn Tributes

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

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