Blind man has victory in sight
Preparing to run a 5K race is a challenge in itself, but it's not the normal challenge for this Heartland man.
"It was an incredible opportunity to honor the Lord by running in ARISE,â?? said runner Dennis Miller.
Miller is getting prepared to run in the 4th Annual ARISE 5k.
Miller isn't your average runner. He's blind.
"My goal for ARISE this year is to finish,â?? Miller said. â??I don't have any illusions about winning or anything like that. My goal is to finish and to bring glory to Him by being able to compete, and if I can do it, anybody can do it. Itâ??s a way to bring attention to the fact that people with disabilities can do what they want to do."
Miller said despite all of the different hurdles in life's race, this is one hurdle he will win.
"I look forward to competing,â?? he said. â??I look forward to being out there with the runners and competing.â??
Miller has been training for the race with Nate Holtz for about a year now.
"We just started training hard on the treadmill and then we also got here on the football field over the summer and just perfected things to do and working on actually steering him during the race,â?? Holtz said. â??That's kind of the route we took."
Miller said with the support of Holtz and other blind runners he is able to do something he never envisioned himself doing.
"I just want to get out there and support my church, support my community, support people with disabilities and most importantly support my Lord and savior Jesus Christ by running,â?? he said.
You can watch Miller and others this Saturday beginning at First Baptist Church.
There will be a 5k race, 8 mile bike race and a 1 mile walk.
Kids can also join the fun with a â??kidâ??s fun runâ?? and tot-trot race.
There will also be a bounce house for kids, Easter egg hunt, live band and more.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the races begin at 9:30 a.m.