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A local 10-year-old, blind since birth, gears up for second 5K race with his dad
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, After running a little more than a mile training for a 3-mile race, Maarten stops for a quick drink of water.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Kurt Schmidt and his son Maarten are connected together by a thin thread as they run around a track last weekend, preparing for the Marana Can Do 5K race this Saturday. Maarten was born blind, but with the help of his father and a small string, they run.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Maarten Schmidt, 10, and his dad Kurt run around the track at Cross Middle School as Maarten's white cane leans against the bench. With the help of a thin string between the two, the duo gears up for the Marana Can Do 5K race this weekend.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, To aid in Maarten's running, his father Kurt Schmidt ties a string to his and his son's wrist at the start of their workout. The father-son duo will be racing this weekend in the Marana Can Do 5K race on Saturday.