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April 27, 2012

Run Nigel Run!

boston-marathonCongratulations to our CEO Nigel Willerton for completing the 116th Boston Marathon on April 16. Completing the Boston Marathon in above average temperatures is a feat in itself, but completing the 116th Boston Marathon leading a blind athlete, is on another level. Willerton continued his work with the C different Foundation by guiding blind runner, Tracy Minish, over 26.2 miles of Boston pavement. The above average temperature in Boston, 86° in mid-April, resulted in more than 4200 runners opting out of the race, but not Willerton and Minish.

Minish said he would not have finished the race without Willerton. He said Willerton and fellow runner Triny Aguirre provided him with cliff sightings and funny jokes. They got me from mile to mile, said Minish. Next thing you know I was running the last mile of the Great Boston Marathon.

Willerton, an accomplished runner, regularly leads blind athletes in races and marathons across the country. In May 2011, he guided blind athlete, Brandon Adame, through Texas first Iron Man Competition. No stranger to grueling running conditions, Willerton completed a 250 mile, 10 day ultra-marathon across Ethiopia in early 2011. The Run Across Ethiopia, sponsored by the On the Ground organization, was conceived to bring awareness to the need for educational funding for the children of Fair Trade Farmers in Ethiopia. The successful run has already helped fund three schools. The latest school, in Kololo, is in the last stages of construction. Soon children will be finally be able to attend school in a proper building with water, floors, books and a bathroom.

Congratulations again to Nigel, Tracy, Triny, and the rest of the Team With A Vision for completing the Great Boston Marathon!