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Published July 15, 2009, 08:26 AM

Blind Vergas man to run the 10-mile race

Vergas, Minn. (WDAY TV) - As Detroit Lakes continues its Water Carnival celebration over the next few days, one Vergas, Minnesota man is preparing to run the 10-mile race there this weekend. But for 50-year old Bruce Stoddard, it will be a chance to show what can be overcome, his story from WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Vergas, Minn. (WDAY TV) - As Detroit Lakes continues its Water Carnival celebration over the next few days, one Vergas, Minnesota man is preparing to run the 10-mile race there this weekend. But for 50-year old Bruce Stoddard, it will be a chance to show what can be overcome, his story from WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand.

Bruce Stoddard has run half marathons, but that was before a car accident three years ago injured his brain, robbing his eyesight.

“I was angry, depressed. We all go through the grieving process.”

Today he trains with Kelsey Myhre an avid local runner who will be with Bruce this weekend when he runs the ten mile race.

It takes a little step, one step at a time.

“It is possible. You can do things.”

After losing his sight, Bruce had to leave his job as a talented Electrical Designer for an architectural firm.

“I had never met a blind person before going blind myself.”

Now, with his life changed and despite going blind after seeing for 47-years, “I did not know what they could or could not do.” Bruce tries to focus on what's possible instead of the barriers in front of him.

“No. Your life is not over. Get out and try and do something. You can go out and do things.”

That 10-mile race is just one of many events scheduled for the 74th Detroit Lakes Water Carnival during the coming days.

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