April 15, 2013

Former Women's Ice Hockey Player Runs 2013 Boston Marathon Blindfolded

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - A two-foot cloth tether is all that guides Boston resident Erin Connors '10, as she prepares to run the 26.2-mile historic course of the 2013 Boston Marathon this Patriot's Day…blindfolded.

As a clinical researcher for the Laboratory for Visual Neuroplasticity at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Connors devotes her time to developing accessible navigation tools for the blind. Her department often collaborates with the Perkins School for the Blind, the Carroll Center for the Blind and the National Braille Press. "I have become extremely connected to the blind community and inspired by their abilities," says Connors.

To read the rest of the article, courtesy of the examiner.com's Jordan Salvatoriello, click here. Connors, a former Brown women's ice hockey player, was also featured in an article in her hometown paper, the Newburyport Daily News, that can be accessed here. One of her three guides in today's marathon is former teammate Maggie Suprey '11, who was also a member of the Brown women's lacrosse team during her time on College Hill.