MABVI partners with Tufts Health Plan to create Visually Impaired Division at Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women

Some of the competitors and guides from Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women's inaugural Blind and Visually Impaired Division, from left to right, are: Rebecca Tieri (guide), Kate Katulak, Joyce Cron, Alex Lenz (guide), Diane Berberian and Jen Butler (guide)

On Columbus Day, for the first time in its 39-year history, the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women included a Visually Impaired DIvision thanks to a partnership between the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and our friends at Tufts Health Plan.

“With so few races in New England incorporating blind or visually impaired divisions, we think it’s important to give these dedicated athletes who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to compete alongside everyone else and inspire others around the world,” said Barbara Salisbury, CEO of MABVI. “Our mission is to show the world that ‘disability’ does not mean ‘inability’ and that with the right support, people who are visually impaired can accomplish anything they set their minds to. We are so happy to be working with Tufts Health Plan, an organization that shares our beliefs in empowerment and healthy living.”

“The addition of this division affirms our continued commitment to promoting wellness for women and men of all abilities,” said James Roosevelt Jr., chief executive officer, Tufts Health Plan. “We are pleased to welcome a new division of dedicated athletes and appreciate all of the good work from our friends at MABVI.”

This year, MABVI and our Team With a Vision worked with Tufts Health Plan to match their employee volunteers as sighted guides for runners who are blind or visually impaired. Runners in the Visually Impaired Division joined participants of all ages and abilities including elite athletes, wheelchair and hand cycle racers, recreational runners and walkers.

MABVI was honored to have our Team With A Vision athletes so proudly represented by a phenomenal group of women, including Diane Berberian, who was interviewed by NECN at the event (watch their piece here) and for their awards to be presented on stage by the legendary Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson.

Thank you to Tufts Health Plan for partnering with us at MABVI to create a fun, inclusive race experience and for their employees who generously volunteered to be sighted guides!

Learn more in this great article from Runner's World's Zelle blog about the event: Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women Adds Blind and Visually Impaired Division

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