Sujit Chaurasiya (18) has been participating in the Dream Run for the last four years. This Sunday too he will run the six-km stretch. But he has made up his mind to go for the half-marathon next year.
The visually challenged student from Victoria Memorial School has been inspired to follow his dream after attending a talk by Yuichi Takahashi, Japan’s leading blind runner.
“Takahashi sir told us that if he can run despite not being able to see, we could too. This has increased my confidence,” said Chaurasiya. “My parents always worry about me. I want to show them that I am not handicapped by blindness.”
Chaurasiya was not the only one. The other 34 visually challenged students from Victoria Memorial who are participating in the marathon, were also charged after Takahashi’s visit.
“I am waiting for Sunday. I want to win the marathon,” said 10-year-old Ratan Dubey.
Takahashi, who lost his eyesight in 1996, had won the gold medal in the 2004 Athens paralympic games. “I heard about paralympic games on TV and got motivated to run,” said the 43-year-old.
Takahashi will run the Mumbai leg of The Greatest Race on Earth to raise money for ‘Seeing is Believing’, a global initiative for tackling avoidable blindness.