Blind swimmers complete historic swim from Alcatraz - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

UPDATE

Blind swimmers complete historic swim from Alcatraz

Katie Cuppy (Source: Foundation for Blind Children) Katie Cuppy (Source: Foundation for Blind Children)
Tanner Robinson (Source: Foundation for Blind Children) Tanner Robinson (Source: Foundation for Blind Children)
Max Ashton (Source: CBS 5 News) Max Ashton (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Three blind swimmers from the Valley have completed a historic swim across the San Francisco Bay.

They are the first blind swimmers to accomplish the feat. The 18th annual "Alcatraz Invitational" is a 1.25 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco.

Max Ashton, 18, finished in just over fifty minutes.

Katie Cuppy, 19, and Tanner Robinson, 24, both finished just over an hour and fifteen minutes.

It is another spot in the records books for Max Ashton.

Max is used to being a trailblazer. He climbed Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro at age 13. He has also hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim.

Now he'll take on the cold water and unforgiving currents of the San Francisco Bay.

"I like adventures and challenges in my life, and I just need something to keep me going," said Max.

Swimming in a straight line is the biggest challenge for these visually-impaired swimmers. The group has had plenty of practice doing open water swims in Lake Pleasant.

Max and the others each have three guides, one on each side who will nudge him if he veers off course. The third guide lags slightly behind in order to make sure everyone stays together.

"We're going to show the world that having a visual impairment is not going to stop you from doing things you want to do," says Max's father Marc Ashton, who is also CEO of the Phoenix-based Foundation for Blind Children.

Marc Ashton has been swimming side by side with his son for the four months they have been training for the Alcatraz swim.

"Quite honestly, he's pushing me. I never swam before either, and I probably wouldn't be here if Max wasn't doing this," says Marc.

Max is not only inspiring others who are blind, but those who have no problems with eyesight.

"It's to kind of show people that because I'm blind, it doesn't really matter and I can do anything anyone else can do," says Max.

The race is 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.

"They set their minds to it and they trained hard for it and now its time. Now they get to shine," says Marc Ashton.

The Foundation for Blind Children has raised nearly $32,000 dollars, just short of their campaign goal of $35,000.

To find out more about the group or to donate click HERE.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • The Latest: Trump says Korea talks "going along very well'

    The Latest: Trump says Korea talks "going along very well'

    Saturday, May 26 2018 7:23 AM EDT2018-05-26 11:23:24 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:26 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:26:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). Protesters hold candle lights during a rally to denounce the United States' policies against North Korea near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 25, 2018. North Korea said Friday that it's still willing to si...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). Protesters hold candle lights during a rally to denounce the United States' policies against North Korea near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, May 25, 2018. North Korea said Friday that it's still willing to si...

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have met for the second time in a month to discuss peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim's potential meeting with...

    More >>

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have met for the second time in a month to discuss peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim's potential meeting with President Donald Trump.

    More >>
  • Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary

    Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary

    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:14 PM EDT2018-05-26 18:14:01 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:26 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:26:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson). Lilly Mucarsel, a native of Ecuador, poses for a picture in her office Friday, May 25, 2018, in Tustin, Calif. Mucarsel, 62, of Southern California finds herself reverting to English when she attends a baseball game or goes to...(AP Photo/Chris Carlson). Lilly Mucarsel, a native of Ecuador, poses for a picture in her office Friday, May 25, 2018, in Tustin, Calif. Mucarsel, 62, of Southern California finds herself reverting to English when she attends a baseball game or goes to...

    The Trump administration's harsh rhetoric and tougher policies toward immigrants have made some Spanish speakers self-conscious about speaking other languages in public.

    More >>

    The Trump administration's harsh rhetoric and tougher policies toward immigrants have made some Spanish speakers self-conscious about speaking other languages in public.

    More >>
  • Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:53:22 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 11:26 PM EDT2018-05-27 03:26:24 GMT
    Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

    More >>

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly