Inspirational person of the month – January 2010

Disability: Blind


At the age of nine, Marla Runyan developed Stargardt’s Disease, which is a form of macular degeneration that left her legally blind.

Marla is a three time national champion in the women’s 5000 meters.

She won four gold medals in the 1992 summer Paralympics.

In the 1996 Paralympics she won silver in the shot put and gold in the Pentathlon.

In 2000 she became the first legally blind paralympian to compete in the Olympic games in Sydney, Australia.

She holds various American records such as 20,000 Road (2003), All-female Marathon (2002), 500m (2001) , Heptathlon (1996).

In 2001, she co-wrote and published her autobiography “No Finish Line: My Life As I See It”.

Marla is married and has a daughter called Anna Lee.





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  3. Well thank you very much! 🙂 Anna

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