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    Sagar Baheti

Meet The Visually Impaired Runner That Completed The Boston Marathon

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A cricketer at the zonal level, a cyclist that completed India’s biggest cycling tour, a participant in the Ladakh Marathon, The Kaveri Trail, Ultra Run, Coorg Escapade, and most recently the Boston Marathon. We’re talking about Sagar Baheti, the marathon runner that was diagnosed with Stargardt disease that caused the athlete to lose his vision partially and deteriorated over time. The passionate runner says, “Initially it was hard, I was dejected and did not know what to do. But, the support that I received from my wonderful family and friends helped me look beyond the problem.

Initially it was hard, I was dejected and did not know what to do. But, the support that I received from my wonderful family and friends helped me look beyond the problem.”




The Boston Marathon

After a friend had suggested Sagar to apply for the Boston Marathon, the runner was looking forward to the opportunity. After completing the application process, he used the opportunity and raised some funds from one of the oldest blind and visually impaired association, MABVI, to be able to do something to benefit the Indian community of the blind and visually impaired. It was a huge moment for the running enthusiast, and he says, “Upon finally arriving in Boston I realized how it is a big movement here and the whole city comes together for the marathon. It has by far been my best running experience of my life.”  

“Upon finally arriving in Boston I realized how it is a big movement here and the whole city comes together for the marathon. It has by far been my best running experience of my life.”

Limitless Aspirations

Sagar believes that the only limitations that exist in this world are in our minds. Once an individual overcomes this, he can overcome anything, he says. The runner is also involved with an NGO along with his doctor, Rajani Battu, called CEGR. The organization reasearches and supports the cause of genetically caused eye diseases. He says, “Our aim is to make our society more inclusive by our strong will while also finding solutions to rectify certain conditions with the help of advances we have made in science and technology.” We admire the brave, bold, and valiant, Sagar Baheti for telling us that one must not lose hope in the event of an adversity, and one can overcome a shortcoming in his/her life by just believing in themselves.

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