ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A former city commissioner is lacing up his sneakers to race in the upcoming Albany marathon, but he is far from your typical runner.
Ivey Hines is visually impaired, but he's not going to let his disability keep him from crossing the finish for the 2016 Snickers Marathon in Albany.
"I want to make it to the finish line and I don't want to come in last," Hines said when talking about the upcoming race.
He was born with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease that deteriorates the retina.
"It also takes away the pigmentation which is what gives you the color in your eye, and I'm extremely near sighted," the 62-year-old said.
But this isn't his first race. He came in third place in last year's Jingle Bell Jog and says he's not afraid to take on a new challenge.
"I just retired from the Marine Corps so I made a commitment to myself to get physically fit so that I would have a healthier life," said Hines.
Hines has been training since May 2015 with a physical fitness trainer and a running coach, who will be with him every step of the way during the race.
He will actually be tethered to his coach as he runs.
Hines says training for the marathon has been a life experience.
"People are always available to help you overcome challenges that are in your life," he added. "The only thing you have to do is put forth effort and let someone know what you are attempting to do."
He and hundreds of other runners will compete in the 2016 Snickers Marathon on March 5th.