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Visually impaired woman runs ColorVibe 5K, Saturday

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For many in Sioux Falls, it was a very wet, colorful start to the weekend. The first-ever ColorVibe 5K run/walk was held, Saturday, and more than 8,000 people took part in the fun.

For anyone who rain, all the color blasting, the crowds and the rain made for quite an experience. But for one woman, Amy Hatten running visually impaired, it was a different story.

"You get a lot of color and different colors on you, it's just a time to have fun," visually impaired runner Amy Hatten said.

Amy is one of thousands who took part in Saturday's event. But she stood out as the only one running who is legally blind.

Amy lost her vision five years ago, and had also been struggling with her weight.

Since, she took control of her health and in 2012, lost 100 pounds.

She also found Achilles International, an organization helping the visually impaired, and those with other disabilities, stay active by running outside with a little help.

"I felt more confident I could run outdoors with the help of running guides and I've decided to run outside and started when I was able to," Hatten said. "I will hold onto one end, the partner will hold onto the other end. It gives me more direction than my guides can and I can feel the different turns and everything with the shoelace."

Her guide, Saturday, was Jenna Flomo, who also happened to be a close friend from college.

"That's what a friend is all about, support and family. I would drive as far as I need to support her. I feel honored as her friend that she would want me to guide her. it takes a lot of trust to have a person to guide during 3.1 miles," Jenna Flomo said.

The pair did it, proudly. Running more than 3 miles to the finish line, holding a smile and a message.

"I feel like I'm giving other runners in my situation hope. it is very possible. Just find a group of people that will support you, help you, and you'll be able to do mainstream running like everyone else," Hatten said.

While it wasn't Amy's first official race, it was her first 5K event.

For more information about Achilles International, click on the following link: http://www.achillesinternational.org/

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