SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Hanson, co-founder of Hanson McClain Advisors, is proud to support the visually impaired and blind runners taking part in the 2016 California International Marathon on December 4, 2016. The California International Marathon (CIM) serves as the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) National Marathon Championships. Each athlete has a compelling and unique story, and help to inspire, educate and change the public's perception of vision loss. Hanson will be guiding Erich Manser, a visually impaired runner who has completed 15 marathons. The partnership was arranged by Richard Hunter, a USABA volunteer coordinator. "There's a huge value in having sighted guides," says Manser. "And one of them is to have someone help you keep pace." Manser has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative disease that will eventually lead to complete blindness, but he doesn't let that stop him. The 2016 CIM will be Manser's 4th time running the race and Hanson's second time as a visually impaired running guide. "I enjoy making a difference so why not use running to encourage others?" says Hanson. "It's very rewarding meeting someone and then helping them to physically accomplish a goal." Since the CIM adopted the Visually Impaired Division in 2007, participation of visually impaired and blind runners has grown from 2 to nearly 50 participants. Runners include blinded veterans, Paralympic athletes, world champions, and many novice runners just beginning their athletic careers. "We appreciate the time and effort the USABA puts into ensuring that every visually impaired and blind athlete has an outstanding experience," says Hanson. In addition to Hanson guiding a visually impaired runner, his company, Hanson McClain Advisors, is sponsoring the USABA Marathon National Championships. "Our hope is to encourage the participation of more visually impaired runners as well as to encourage people to volunteer as guides," says Hanson. "The race helps to inspire others to set ambitious goals and to get beyond perceived limitations, which is certainly something we want to be a part of."