Register, 12, and her mother Jacqueline Johnson had traveled from Tualatin, Oregon, to compete and spend time with her peers in the blind and visually impaired community. Since going blind at the age of 6, he has competed in similar racing events on a smaller scale.
“It’s really cool to see so many other blind people. It’s more like a real track meet. It was cool to hear them announce my name,” he said, pointing to the nearby gazebo where the announcers were stationed, playing music and providing live commentary on the various competitions taking place throughout. the day.
When registering for the event, students have the option of choosing their event schedule in large print or Braille, depending on their comfort level. Details like that, Butcher said, really help students and competitors feel less stressed about the event.
Beyond the track, a community
Sophomore Evan Gimmaka said he was especially excited to immerse himself in such a large community after the events of the past few years were more limited in scope.
“See, I really like talking to people, and last year was empty,” said Gimmaka, 16, as he began the first stages of assembling one of his rubber bands. . Although he said he was not as keen on running, it should be noted that he too had just finished second in a hotly contested 50 meter race.