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Blind Colorado runner makes Grand Canyon history

By: Stephen Meyers, The (Fort Collins) Coloradoan
October 9, 2014 Updated: October 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm
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photo - Dan Berlin, right, of Fort Collins became the first blind runner to successfully complete the Rim to Rim to Rim run. Brad Graff, left, and Charles Scott guided the run. (Photo: Courtesy of Alison Qualter Berna )
Dan Berlin, right, of Fort Collins became the first blind runner to successfully complete the Rim to Rim to Rim run. Brad Graff, left, and Charles Scott guided the run. (Photo: Courtesy of Alison Qualter Berna ) 

Dan Berlin's message is clear: his blindness is an inconvenience, not a disability. His blindness doesn't have to be limiting. His blindness won't keep him from running.

His message was clearly received Wednesday at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Berlin, a runner from Fort Collins, successfully completed the grueling 46-mile Rim to Rim to Rim. He is believed to be the first blind athlete to complete the run from the Grand Canyon's South Rim to the North Rim, and back, a bucket list run for many ultramarathoners. He and his four teammates completed the run in 28 hours, arriving at the Grand Canyon's South Rim about 9:20 a.m. Wednesday. 

"I feel great. Achieving this is an amazing accomplishment for all five of us. There were some wonderful moments and there were definitely dark moments. You just don't know what your body is going to do," Berlin, 43, said.

Read more at coloradoan.com

 

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