Visually Impaired Runner Tackles Second Boston Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 3, 2013
  • Updated Apr. 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM UTC
Josh Crary suffers from Chorodoremia, a condition that affects his vision. Photo: CBS Boston.

25-year-old is raising money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Every April, tens of thousands of runners take to Boston’s streets to tackle the world’s oldest modern marathon.

Of this contingent, a sizable number are running for purposes other than themselves. They are out to help various charities.

One such runner is 25-year-old Josh Crary. He’s competing in the marathon for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in memory of his father, who passed away last year.

“Life can be hard and challenging, but it’s important to be strong — but also vulnerable … and to reach out for help,” Crary said.

Crary is no stranger to overcoming obstacles. He is visually impaired.

“Up until I was 14 we just thought it was poor vision,” he recalls. “Then we found out it was something else, pretty different.”

Crary suffers from Chorodoremia, a disease that has robbed him of his central vision.

“I’m able to see some objects move around me as long as they’re in my side vision. All I can really perceive is a large mass of blurry colors with no depth perception.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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