By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–The Philadelphia Marathon is this weekend and runners from all over will take part, including a 17-year-old student from Perkiomen Valley High School, who is quite the inspiration.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force To Announce Teacher Vaccination Initiative
Kinzey Lynch was born legally blind, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking up any number of activities.READ MORE: Brotherly Love: Northeast Philadelphia Man, Family Bringing Joy To Hundreds Of Children Through Bikes
He says he used to wrestle but then switched to competitive distance running around 8th grade. He runs with the aid of a sighted guide, and while many find what he does remarkable, he takes it in stride:
“It’s just what I do. I’m just running like everyone else is, I just happen to have a visual impairment. I don’t like to think of myself as any different than any other competitor in that respect, and that goes with any aspect of life. I like to think of myself as a normal 17-year old high school student that just happens to have a visual impairment. I don’t like to let that define who I am.”MORE NEWS: 3 Men Wanted For Stealing ATM From Convenience Store In Brewerytown, Philadelphia Police Say
Lynch says his goal for the marathon is to finish in about 3 hours and thirty minutes.