Team USABA strides for national marathon championships

Nov. 30, 2010, 6:45 p.m. (ET)
The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to host the 2nd Annual USABA National Marathon Championship in partnership with the Sacramento Running Association, which will be held in conjunction with the California International Marathon (CIM), December 5, 2010.
“The race organizers and The City of Sacramento exceeded all expectations last year and USABA athletes are looking forward to another outstanding race this year”, said Mark Lucas, USABA Executive Director.
In 2009, 11 blind or visually impaired athletes including several military service members and Veterans with eye injuries competed in the Marathon as individual runners or as a member of a four person relay team. With the support of Dr. Michael Schermer, a board certified ophthalmologist who lives and works in Sacramento, he believes running is a great way to build a healthy lifestyle.
This year, USABA will have a total of 14 blind or visually impaired runners, along with two relay teams; one consisting of military service members and Veterans and the other non-military runners. The following athletes are competing in the California International Marathon are:
  • Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt (Midland, MI)
  • Jessica Lorenz (Oakland, CA)
  • Joseph Hamilton (Sacramento, CA)
  • Joseph Aukward (Bethesda, MD)
  • Richard Hunter (Folsom, CA)
  • Matthew Rodjom (Alexandria, VA)
  • Stephanie Timmer (Gilford, NH)
  • Katie Howard Davis (Sacramento, CA)
  • Kurt Fiene (Elmhurst, IL)
  • Erich Manser (Leominster, MA)
  • Rose Sarkany (Vancouver, WA)
  • Steven Wood (St. Clair Shores, MI)
  • Michael Kinoshita (Folsom, CA)
  • Tom Monroe (Pueblo, CO)
  • Paul Kozma (Auburn, WA)
The Sacramento Lion’s Club is supporting Rose Sarkany, who is a blind and partially deaf Canadian runner who is the first international blind and deaf athlete to compete at the California International Marathon.
For more information about the CIM please visit The mission of USABA is to enhance the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. For more information about the United States Association of Blind Athletes, please visit