Racers support blind literacy programs

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Hundreds of runners and walkers turned out for the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado's “6 Dot Dash” 5K run on June 29, setting off from the Colorado Center for the Blind near Littleton's Sterne Park.

The race, named for the six dots that comprise the cells of the braille alphabet, supports braille literacy programs for blind and visually impaired people. Many of the race's participants took off down the course sweeping canes ahead of them.

“Today is about celebrating the independence of blind people here and all over the world,” said Scott LaBarre, president of the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado. “It's about us taking our rightful place in society. And it's about literacy, which grants confidence, independence and opportunity.”

“And it goes without saying,” LaBarre added, “it's about enjoying a beautiful summer day in Colorado.”

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