AUSTIN, Texas, July 25, 2016 — High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, is excited to introduce the Blind Runner Division for the 2017 Austin Marathon® presented by NXP. There are numerous endurance runners who have varying degrees of visual impairments. The Austin Marathon’s® Blind Runner Division will highlight these athletes, work with their guides to provide a safer race experience, and adhere to guidelines set forth by the United States Association of Blind Athletes.
William Greer is the Austin Marathon’s® Blind Runner Division Coordinator. Greer is also the Film Festival Director for the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and an accomplished endurance runner. Greer has completed 14 marathons, including Boston, Chicago, and Austin. He recently finished third in his age group at his first ultramarathon, the SARR Prickly Pear 50K Trail Run.
“I’m thrilled to be involved with the Austin Marathon’s new division,” said Greer. “ I, like many blind and visually impaired athletes, have the speed and endurance to finish a marathon. Having a sighted guide allows me to focus on my stride and pace without worrying about following the course correctly.”
Athletes registering for the Austin Marathon’s® Blind Runner Division will go through the same registration process and select either Blind Athlete or Guide when prompted. Blind athletes will then select their classification; guides will select “Guide.” Classifications are B1, B2, and B3 and are determined by the United States Association of Blind Athletes. Upon successful registration, runners need to send their classification certification to Greer, email@example.com. The certification can come from a doctor or low vision specialist. Athletes that have questions or are looking for more information can contact Greer.
“We’re thrilled to introduce this new division and have William lead the charge,” said Stacy Keese, co-owner of High Five Events. “Providing equal access and a safe opportunity will allow these athletes to focus on their race and time and not worry about their safety or straying off course.”
About High Five Events:
Beginning with the launch of a single triathlon in 2003, High Five Events has grown to become one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States. In addition to the events it owns and produces, the Austin, Texas-based company offers consulting and event production services to dozens of additional events each year. High Five Events is community-centric and has more than 83 years’ experience organizing large events across different venue types in a variety of locations. Follow High Five Events on Twitter (@highfiveevents), Instagram (@highfiveevents), and Facebook (facebook.com/HighFiveEventsWorldWide/) for news and updates.
About NXP Semiconductors:
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) enables secure connections and infrastructure for a smarter world, advancing solutions that make lives easier, better, and safer. As the world leader in secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, NXP is driving innovation in the secure connected vehicle, end-to-end security and privacy, and smart connected solutions markets. Built on more than 60 years of combined experience and expertise, the company has 45,000 employees in more than 35 countries and posted revenue of $6.1 billion in 2015. Find out more at www.nxp.com.