Bloomfield, CT — A blind war hero will be among the thousands running the Hartford Half Marathon in Connecticut on Saturday.
Retired Air Force Sergeant Michael Malarsie will run the race with a guide.
He lost his sight when an improvised explosive device went off in Afghanistan nearly four years ago.
Instead of being discouraged, he said he used the set back to push him forward.
Staff Sgt. Michael Malarsie, U.S. Air Force, "It turned into my motivation to not let being blind, you know, beat me at all."
While recovering from his injuries, Michael also found love. He married the widow of a former soldier who died in the same explosion.
The couple lives in Texas, but traveled to Connecticut so that Michael can run the race with Team Fidelco.
That's the organization that gave him his seeing eye dog.