The Carroll Center for the Blind Participates in Blindfold 5k run on April 15th

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As part of the Boston Marathon weekend, participants are running a 5k blindfolded to raise awareness and support for organizations that provide services for the blind and visually impaired. The Carroll Center for the Blind, MAB Community Services & the National Braille Press have teamed up to raise funds for this year’s blindfold run.

Services for the Blind, Blind Charity Event, Blindfold Run

Blindfolded runners run with a guide

The Carroll Center, MAB Community Services and National Braille Press have teamed up to participate in a 5K Blindfold Challenge which will take place Sunday April 15th, the day before the Boston Marathon. Each organization has been allotted 7 Bibs to run in the sold out Boston Athletic Association 5K. To claim their bib, each participant agrees to raise a minimum of $1500 for their organization. It will be another exciting event with approximately 6,000 runners running in total. After the race, the three organizations will have a post-race reception and breakfast at the Lenox Hotel.

The Carroll Center is looking for runners to represent and fund raise. Training will be provided. Each Blindfold Challenge participant will run with a guide and the race will start and end at the Marathon finish line in Copley Square. The Carroll Center is encouraging people to be a part of the Boston Marathon weekend. They recommend participants to create their own personal fundraising web page at

“We are pleased to collaborate with these splendid organizations during the B.A.A. 5K on Boston Marathon weekend, when many are inspired by the spirit of the marathon and the stories of people overcoming obstacles and embracing possibilities”, said Boston Athletic Association executive director Tom Grilk. “Running blindfolded symbolizes the forceful approach to challenge embraced by these institutions and the people with whom they work.”

About the Carroll Center

The Carroll Center for the Blind, located in Newton, Massachusetts, serves newly-blind and visually-impaired people of all ages by providing them with the skills training, technology and education they need to live, learn and work independently. Founded by Father Thomas Carroll, the Carroll Center is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

Established in 1936, The Carroll Center has pioneered many innovative services for the blind and visually impaired. They have developed many methods for people with low vision to learn the skills to be independent in their homes, in class settings, and in their work places. Their services include vision rehabilitation services, vocational and transition programs, assistive technology training, educational support and recreation opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired of all ages. For over 70 years, The Carroll Center staff has provided help for the blind for thousands of blind and vision impaired persons with diverse opportunities for success and independent living.

The Carroll Center serves the needs of blind and visually-impaired persons by providing rehabilitation, skills training, and educational opportunities to achieve independence, self-sufficiency, and self-fulfillment and by educating the public regarding the potential of persons who are blind and visually-impaired.

About the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's most prestigious road racing events. The Boston Athletic Association manages this American classic, which is sponsored by John Hancock Financial Services. The Boston Marathon has distinguished itself as the pinnacle event within the sport of road racing by virtue of its traditions, longevity and method of gaining entry into the race (via qualification).

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