It can be lonely training for a marathon, so after years of doing it alone, longtime runner Jessie Rix decided to volunteer with Achilles International, which pairs runners with athletes who have disabilities. There she was introduced to a blind runner named Anthony Butler and they began logging miles and getting to know each other as they trained for a marathon.
The pair spent about 12 hours a week running together and Butler says as they did, they learned more about each other, mile by mile. Rix says Butler has an “amazing perspective” on everything and his positive outlook is even more impressive because he lost his sight in a shooting when he was 20.
Eventually Butler and Rix fell in love and now they’ve been together for two-and-a-half years and have run seven marathons side-by-side. “If you don’t put yourself out there, you don’t know what you’re missing,” Rix says of meeting her partner. “I just went out on a Tuesday to go volunteer and go for a run. Anthony did the same thing. You really don’t know that just by saying yes to something, what that’s gonna do for your future.”