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Follow a blind man on his 3,000-mile run across America




Legally blind runner, Jason Romero, running for US Association of Blind Athletes from LA to Boston.
Legally blind runner, Jason Romero, running for US Association of Blind Athletes from LA to Boston.
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The drive from L.A. to Boston is about 3,000 miles and several days long by car. 

By plane, the journey is about five and a half hours. However, for Jason Romero, the trip will take about two months.

That's because he's running all the way there.

As if that weren't enough, Jason is legally blind.

Jason was diagnosed with a degenerative condition known as retinitis pigmentosa, or DP, when he was just 14. 

Now, at 46 years old, Jason has several impressive running records under his belt and has completed many ultra marathons and triathlons.

It's day two of his run across America which he started at Santa Monica Pier. The Denver resident joined us during a break in his cross-country trek, which he is running for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes

Interview highlights:

On why he runs:

"My real long distance running career started about 2007. One of my children has autisim, we had started a school for him and needed to raise money and I went and I ran a marathon. Since then, it's graduated...triathlons and now it's ultra marathons and now this."

On special precautions he takes to run:

"Blinking lights, I use my sense of sound, I memorize things and routes in high traffic areas...I've been hit by a car seven times, I know how to be hit by a car. You jump, you never plant the foot. Because, when you're hit and you jump, you kind of bounce off the windshield and hood...you're a little scraped up but you live."

On why he's running across America:

"The reason why I'm doing this is because I feel like it's a calling that I'm supposed to do as a blind person, to run across and do this. Hopefully, demonstrate that anything and everything is possible for everybody and anybody if you believe and try and have faith.

If all goes according to schedule, Jason will run into Boston in two months time. You can track his progress by clicking on the picture:

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.