Blind athlete runs 26km with GPS

Clément Gass was among 200 participants who ran the Kochersberg trail in Alsace this weekend

Clément Gass was among 200 participants who ran the Kochersberg trail in Alsace this weekend

A BLIND athlete has joined 200 people to complete a 26km run in Alsace.

Clément Gass covered the Kochersberg trail armed with a special GPS device and a white cane.

His GPS uses a voice to guide him and is a more accurate version of those typically used on smartphones, giving directions in terms of a clock-based system, such as warning that in 60m the path turns off at 3 o’clock.

It is being developed by a research team at Strasbourg who say that the test run by the 27-year-old athlete was a world first.

Unfortunately the device malfunctioned during the run, leading Mr Gass to complete the course in three hours and 43 minutes – far off the time he was hoping to achieve.

On June 22, Mr Glass plans to take part in a six-stage 80km ramble across the Vosges mountains, accompanied by other people with sight problems.

Photo: the countryside of Kochersberg by Ralph Hammann (wikimedia)

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