My name is Danny, I live in Texas and I've known Mike McLean for almost 10 years now. I never got the chance to meet Eric, but we chatted several times about his treatments, and the various races I do. Whenever I race, a small batman figurine is always with me whether in my shoe, my hat, or positioned on my bike handlebars.
On the first weekend in December, I traveled from my home in Austin, TX to Sacramento, CA to participate in the California International Marathon. I say compete because this would be a new type of marathon experience for me, one where I am running to aid another runner rather than for my own goals. I was set to run with Matt Oliver, who currently resides in San Diego, CA, was attempting to set a new PR and achieve first in his particular division for the race. Matt is blind, after losing his sight around age 14. He can run a blazing fast marathon around 3 hours and 10 minutes, but this time he was aiming to achieve some new goals. Among them, set a new PR, break 3 hours, and win the USABA division (also the National Championship Event) - no big deal, right?