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Marla Runyan is an American track and field athlete, track runner, and marathon runner. Also, she is the three-time national champion in the women’s 5000 meters.
She is not able to see the large “E” on the eye exam chart but plans to continue competing in a running event.
What is Marla Runyan famous For?
- An Athlete and runner.
- Won IPC World Records in 2014.
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Marla Runyan was born Marla Lee Runyan on January 4, 1969, in Santa Maria, California. She was born to father Gary Runyan and mother Valerie Runyan.
She has an elder brother Grady and she is of Irish descent. Marla holds American citizenship but her ethnicity is unknown.
For education, she attended Adolfo Camarillo High School, graduated in 1987. She received a B.S. in Education of the Deaf at San Diego State University and an M.S. in Education of Deaf-Blind Children in 1994.
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All About Marla Runyan’s Career
During her presence in San Diego State, she also participated in gymnastics and soccer, until she could no longer see the ball. Runyan became a world-class runner in 1999 at the Pan American Games.
After a year, she became the first legally blind person and Paralympian to compete in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She finished as the top American, with the second-fastest debut time by a woman, in the New York City Marathon.
In addition, she has served as the first Ambassador for the Perkins School for the Blind. Furthermore, she is often noted for its most famous student, Helen Keller.
Her role as ambassador allows her to stay updated on the latest educational trends in deaf and blind teaching as well as being actively involved with its students.
In 2002, she participated in the road 5k and 10k National Championship. Similarly, in 2003, she was awarded the road 5k and qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics Games by finishing second in the US Olympic Trial.
In addition, she has won IPC World Records in the T13 Classification for the 400m, 800m, 1500m, and 5000m, High Jump, Long Jump, and Pentathlon in April 2014.
Unfortunately, Runyan’s vision worsens as time passes. As of now, she is not able to see the large “E” on the eye exam chart as her vision is measured at 20/400 in both eyes.
But, she has not allowed her worsening condition to affect her career. She plans to continue competing in running events.
Awards and Nominations
She won four gold medals at the 1992 Summer Paralympics long jump. She won silver in the shot put and gold in the pentathlon.
In addition, she won Gold in the 1500 meter race and became second in the US in 1999 by Track and Field News.
When she was 9 years old, she developed Stargardt’s Disease, which is a form of macular degeneration that left her legally blind. Stargardt’s is the most common cause of blindness in the United States.
She did retain her peripheral vision despite the effect Stargardt’s had on Runyan’s vision.
Salary and Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $2 million and earns an average salary of around $50,000.
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Marla along with her husband and coach Matt Lonergan currently resides in Eugene, Oregon.
The couple married in August 2002. The couple has a daughter named Anna Lee in September 2005. Marla is currently living happily with her family.
Rumors and Controversies
Marla has been successful in keeping herself far from rumors and controversies in her personal and professional life.
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She has a height of 5 ft. 6 inches and weighs 60 kg. Also, she has dark brown hair and grey eyes but information about her body measurements is not available.
Marla does not seem to be active on social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
Did You Know?
- She is currently teaching for blind students in Massachusetts, USA.
- She is the ambassador for the Perkin’s School for the blind in Watertown.
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