SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – John Almeda may be non-verbal, but his determination continues to speak volumes.
The 23-year-old local man who has autism is now training to run next month’s California International Marathon in Sacramento.READ MORE: Illegal COVID-19 Testing Site Shutdown in Grass Valley
“John’s strength has increased along with his distance and overall happiness,” said John’s mom, Vanessa.
CBS13 has been following John’s story for a couple of years now. We’ve seen how running has eased his mind and made him less anxious about life. It has opened up a whole new world.
In fact, John now has a running coach who calls him “Superman.”READ MORE: 'It Scared Me:' 8 Year-old Twin Rivers Unified School District Student Restrained For 22 Minutes
“Being a runner for so many years—it’s humbling to see how in the zone he is. When he runs, I call him a ‘free spirit’ even though his nickname is, like, ‘Superman,” Ryan Battimarco said.
That free spirit will be running the CIM on Dec. 3. If he finishes in a certain time, he’ll qualify for the 2019 Boston Marathon.
It looks promising for John. Last weekend he ran 24 miles at a 7-minute pace.MORE NEWS: SacRT Secures $400M To Modernize Light Rail System With Low-Floor Cars