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Published May 19, 2012, 11:30 PM

VIDEO: Man who ran Fargo Marathon blindfolded did it for his cause

E.J. Scott crossed the finish line 5 hours, 20 minutes after he started the Fargo Marathon, his second-best time, but that wasn’t important. That fact that the people cheering him as he finished the race knew his story was victory enough for Scott, who is legally blind.

By: Eric Peterson, INFORUM

E.J. Scott crossed the finish line 5 hours, 20 minutes after he started the Fargo Marathon, his second-best time, but that wasn’t important.

That fact that the people cheering him as he finished the race knew his story was victory enough for Scott, who is legally blind.

“There’s probably very few people that didn’t know what I was here for, and that’s great,” Scott said. “If I can accomplish that in all the cities I go to, that’s huge.”

Scott, 36, ran the race blindfolded with a guide runner helping him cover the 26.2 miles. Scott has choroideremia, a degenerative eye disease that is slowly taking his eyesight. He wears the blindfold to help protect his eyes from the sunlight, which can accelerate his condition.

“Hearing the crowd when I ran in was really awesome,” Scott said of the finish line in the Fargodome. “Fargo has been great. Everyone has been so supportive, saying such kind things … dozens of runners coming up to me during the race and hundreds of spectators.”

Scott plans to runs 12 marathons in 12 months in support of the Choroideremia Research Foundation. Fargo was the fifth in the planned dozen. His goal is to raise $12,000 per race.

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