George Sizemore was a big winner at Saturday’s Bear Hole Road Race at Twin Falls State Park.
Sizemore, a 70-year-old Pineville man, didn’t set any records.
In fact, he’s blind. But he didn’t let that keep him from running the hilly course, accompanied by several family members.
Sizemore says he ran for years and took part in the Bear Hole Race in 2000 and 2002.
When he started to lose his sight, he says, “I just sat around for a couple of years feeling sorry for myself.”
He decided he wanted to run again.
“I run on the treadmill,” Sizemore commented. He also did sit ups and worked with weights.
“We came out here once to run through it and see what we were going to do,” Sizemore noted.
He went through the run tied to his son, Eddie, with a cord.
His daughter, son-in-law and grandson also ran with him.
“It felt great (out there),” Sizemore said.
“If you’ve got a good family, that’s the important thing,” he remarked.
He urged others with physical challenges to find ways to be active.
“If you look around, you’ll see people who are a lot worse off,” Sizemore stated.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.
Photo: George Sizemore (right) runs with his son, Eddie.