Jan 20, 2017

A New Perspective: 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon

A New Perspective: Thoughts from the 2017 Chevron Houston Marathon

By: Jill Price, Guide Runner & Special Contributor

This weekend I had the honor of being part of the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Half Marathon, in an entirely different way than I normally would have been and as a result, the most incredible people were brought into my life.  This adventure started with a referral from Bernie Tretta with Achilles International to David A Adame of Eyecan Alliance.  I spent the entire weekend with the most amazing and hardworking athletes I have ever met.   Among these athletes were a few that really touched my heart.

Most of the athletes I met this weekend are visually impaired; however let me tell you, THEY ARE UNSTOPPABLE!!  Among the athletes I met, is a 4.0 graduate student, a NASA administrator, a mother of 4 – yes 4, and a former financial analyst who followed her dream to compete in this year’s Rio Paralympics and currently is an elite runner for the USA Paralympic Track Team. A-MAZING!

This weekend we learned about U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and the integral role it plays in the blind/visually impaired community. We visited the Chilled Cryospa and experienced what it feels like in a tube at -240 degrees for 3 minutes (amazing), got a behind- the- scenes tour of NASA, shared a pre-race dinner and finally, we actually ran the streets of Houston.

I had the opportunity to watch and cheer these athletes this weekend in everything from the 5K to the marathon.  It was awesome! I had the special privilege along with another runner, to guide a very fast VI Athlete in the Half-Marathon, Amy Kelley.   Even though I had to pray to God the entire race for extra legs to keep up with these speed demons, it now has become my absolute favorite race, ever, and I have done my share of races!

One of the guides said something during our introductions that really hit home.  He said he had been running and doing triathlons for many years and then met Brandon Adame, a blind athlete and his dad David, with Eyecan Alliance, at the IM Texas Expo. He knew at that very moment that he had found the big reason he started running in the first place. This is exactly how I feel.

I am not good at much, but I can run.  It is something I have had a passion for all of my life.  I have been running marathons since 1995 and have done every other event under the sun since.  Although it has taken me over 20 years to figure this out, I have finally found the big reason I started running so long ago.  David A Adame, Bernie Tretta and all of you amazing Blind/VI have changed my life forever. Thank you. I cannot wait to be with you all again!!












USABA member Brandon Adame and his guide Brent finish the Aramco Half Marathon in Houston.











Rio 2016 Paralympian Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt addresses runners and guides at the pre-race dinner in Houston.









Runners and guides with medals, smiling after finishing the race.

Nov 22, 2016

Fill The Houses this Giving Tuesday!

We need YOU to help us #FilltheHouses this #GivingTuesday!

With construction nearly finished on the two homes for our U.S. Goalball Resident Program in Fort Wayne, we need your help filling the homes with furniture, appliances and furnishings.

Last October, six goalball athletes and one coach moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in pursuit of a common dream – to be the best goalball players in the world. Less than one year later, four of the seven helped the U.S. Men’s Goalball Team win silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games!

Resident athletes will return to Fort Wayne to train at the Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone full-time in January 2017. Help us make sure our resident athletes are welcomed back with everything they need so they can focus on training. Your Giving Tuesday tax-deductible donation will help provide couches, beds, linens, silverware, dishes, appliances and furnishings to make resident goalball athletes feel at home. Can't wait for Tuesday, November 29th? Donate today!

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global movement that celebrates generosity and giving back. Will you join us? Giving Tuesday empowers you to have a personal impact on communities across the nation by changing lives through sport and recreation programs for Americans who are blind and visually impaired.

The Resident Program was established to provide an opportunity for young athletes to pursue a dream of playing elite goalball as well as opportunities to attend college or seek meaningful employment.


Don't want to wait until #GivingTuesday? Donate now to help #FillTheHouses!

Nov 16, 2016

Hanson McClain Co-Founder Guides Triathlete Erich Manser in Marathon Nationals

The following release was sent out by Hanson McClain Advisors, sponsor of the 2016 USABA Marathon National Championships. Read the original post here.

Barron's* Top 100 Advisor Leads Blind Runner in the California International Marathon
Scott Hanson co-founder of Hanson McClain will guide runner Erich Manser

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Hanson, co-founder of Hanson McClain Advisors, is proud to support the visually impaired and blind runners taking part in the 2016 California International Marathon on December 4, 2016.

The California International Marathon (CIM) serves as the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) National Marathon Championships. Each athlete has a compelling and unique story, and help to inspire, educate and change the public's perception of vision loss.

Hanson will be guiding Erich Manser, a visually impaired runner who has completed 15 marathons. The partnership was arranged by Richard Hunter, a USABA volunteer coordinator.

"There's a huge value in having sighted guides," says Manser. "And one of them is to have someone help you keep pace."

Manser has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative disease that will eventually lead to complete blindness, but he doesn't let that stop him. The 2016 CIM will be Manser's 4th time running the race and Hanson's second time as a visually impaired running guide.

"I enjoy making a difference so why not use running to encourage others?" says Hanson. "It's very rewarding meeting someone and then helping them to physically accomplish a goal."

Since the CIM adopted the Visually Impaired Division in 2007, participation of visually impaired and blind runners has grown from 2 to nearly 50 participants. Runners include blinded veterans, Paralympic athletes, world champions, and many novice runners just beginning their athletic careers.

"We appreciate the time and effort the USABA puts into ensuring that every visually impaired and blind athlete has an outstanding experience," says Hanson.

In addition to Hanson guiding a visually impaired runner, his company, Hanson McClain Advisors, is sponsoring the USABA Marathon National Championships.

"Our hope is to encourage the participation of more visually impaired runners as well as to encourage people to volunteer as guides," says Hanson. "The race helps to inspire others to set ambitious goals and to get beyond perceived limitations, which is certainly something we want to be a part of."

Hanson McClain Advisors is an independent investment financial advisory firm that specializes in retirement planning, investment advising, and 401(k) management. To learn more about Hanson McClain, visit:

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides life-enriching sports opportunities for individuals with visual impairments. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USABA provides athletic opportunities in numerous sports. Sports opportunities allow people who are blind and visually impaired to develop independence through competition, without restrictions. USABA programs serve athletes of all ages and abilities from the local grassroots level to the elite Paralympic level.

*Barron's: Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors. Rankings reflect the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors' practices. Barron's© magazine is a trademark of Dow Jones L.P.


SOURCE Hanson McClain Advisors

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