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Runners help 'light the way' for the blind during 5K

Saturday - 9/14/2013, 9:53pm  ET

Guiding light

WTOP's Bob Madigan reports

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WASHINGTON - Imagine running a 5K - without your sense of vision.

That's what runners involved in the Light the Way 5K will do next weekend, with help from other runners and walkers.

The race benefits people who are blind, visually impaired or have low-vision.

"The original premise was that you could guide a visually impaired blind person," says Tony Cancelosi, president and CEO of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, the organization that's sponsoring the race.

This year, the race is open to people in wheelchairs, too, Cancelosi says.

"We're not limiting anybody from participating in the race," he says. "[It's for] visually impaired and the blind, [who can] walk, run certify race, but also roll."

The race is on Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. at Nationals Park.

WTOP's Bob Madigan contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter.

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