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Runners, brewers to support Team With A Vision

On Weds., March 19, Team With a Vision will partner with local craft brewers and running clubs to hold a fun run through the streets of Boston and an after-party featuring session beer and raffle prizes.

For 20 years, Team With A Vision has joined blind and sighted runners at the Boston Marathon to race and raise funds to support the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI). After a short fun run (~3 miles) at 6 p.m., runners will raise a glass to help raise funds to support MABVI's statewide network of low-vision centers, low-vision peer support groups, one-to-one volunteers services, and in-home occupational therapy services.

"This event is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the running and craft beer communities," says Kyle Robidoux, a Team With A Vision member and visually impaired athlete. "It is also an opportunity to raise money for MABVI and increase awareness about the tremendous abilities of blind/visually impaired runners."

The fun run (you can sign up HERE) will begin and end at Stoddard's Pub on Temple Place in Downtown Crossing, where session beer offerings from Banner Beer Company (Holyoke), Notch Brewing (Ipswich) and Night Shift Brewing (Everett) will await. There will also be a raffle with donations from many local business supporters, including Estelle's Southern Cuisine, The Wine Emporium and Project Repat. Urban Grape South End is providing space and staff for a special craft beer tasting in which money raised will also go to support the fundraising effort.

All funds raised will support the services of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Visit the Race Menu event page for more information and to sign up for the fun run, and follow @TeamWithAVision on Twitter for updates on brewers, raffles and other event news. Non-runners can attend with a $10 door charge.

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