Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired hosts 'Fight for Sight' 5K

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POSTED: Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 7:37am

Ready? Set? Go!

The runners took off, but here's something unique about this race.

According to LSVI Director, Bobby Simpson, the race is ”primarily around our students-ages 4 to 18, [whom] are all visually impaired, ranging from total blindness to 20/70 with correction."

Fleet Feet sports Baton Rouge and New Balance partnered with the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired to create their very first 5k fun run—Fight for Sight. After training for more than six weeks, Jodi Comeaux is one student who says she's ready to go.

"I feel awesome! I'm ready for the race! I feel energetic! Yay!,” she exclaimed, and she says it is all because she knows she’s trained hard.

The event was the final highlight of the school's program, called “No Boundaries.” Fleet Feet owner, Michelle LeBlanc, says these students have not only knocked down those boundaries, but have traveled far beyond them.

"...When I get here to train, to run with them, they come up and hug me. They're so excited that I'm here. [It is] touching to see these kids." 

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