When I first made the para duathlon video, it was primarily intended to be shown to our supporters (about 70 individuals donated). I wanted them to experience a truly remarkable milestone in Lamar’s life and hoped to encapsulate our experience in a 5-6 minute clip. Well they viewed it, sent it to their friends, who then sent it to their friends.
In about 4 days, we received close to 350 views and have been mentioned in USA Triathlon’s facebook and twitter page. Not sure how many views we have now but based on the outpouring of e-mails I’ve received — I’m guessing A LOT!
Which is great because it provides great exposure to para athletes or any person with a disability. Lamar’s primary goal was to send a message to all blind people, “You can compete in sports!”
Out of the millions of blind people in the U.S (something like 21.2 million blind people living in the U.S), only one (Lamar Brown) represented the U.S.A in the sport of duathlon. The para movement is growing rapidly, and Lamar is just one of the few paving the way.
Which brings me to another point — I’m extremely honored to have been part of this process. So much so, that I’m re-evaluating my 2011 season to incorporate more events to race alongside Lamar as a guide. There will be changes to the site to introduce a new category to bring awareness to guiding. Obviously, blind athletes can’t compete without guides.
Lamar, you bring in the blind people and I’ll bring in the guides. OK!?