#116 - JASON ROMERO, A BLIND RUNNER WHO RUNS WITH A CLEAR VISION
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Jason Romero won the 100-mile race in the American Heroes Run in Longmont, Colorado this past September in roughly 20½ hours. Oh yes, and Jason is severely sight-impaired. This was actually one of Jason’s lesser achievements. Years ago, Jason found himself divorced, unemployed, and in a deep depression with a degenerative eye condition that has left him with limited light perception. Feeling a calling out of the blue to run across America, he dedicated the next two years of his life to prepare for, and ultimately run, more than 3,000 miles from California to New York in less than 60 days, averaging 51.5 miles per day, to log the 7th fastest transcontinental foot crossing ever. It was, and remains the only transcontinental foot-crossing by a blind person. He wrote about the run and his other struggles in his book, Running into the Dark. For more on his story, Jason was also on the WASP episode #61 with David.
Jason and I talk about struggling with adversity, learning to not give up or give in, to accept one's self for all that one is, and is not. Jason has a new book coming out, the Success Cycle, and he’s started a non-profit business called Inspire Connection, which provides motivational speaking opportunities.
OK, we’re getting down to it. I’m already working on the project to write what I’m calling David’s fourth book. Some of you have told me you thought you might have missed the submission deadline, but that’s not true. Yet. How about jotting down your David Clark story and getting it to me by mid-March? If you’re unsure about length, shoot for 200 to 500 words. Don’t worry about exact length, you’ll probably get into the flow and write more before you know it. My contact info is in the show notes, firstname.lastname@example.org, I’m on FB, and on IG as @stahlor. I can also do a phone interview with you if you prefer.
His book, Running Into the Dark:
A good Denver Post article about his run across the country: