Deborah Conley is a Colorado native, and former University of Colorado runner. She was a member of the first women’s Cross Country team to win a conference title. As a master runner, she has been on multiple Cross Country teams that have medaled at USATF Cross Country National Championships and USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.
She was the president and founder of Lending Sight, a USABA (United States Association of Blind Athletes) sport club that provided guides to visually impaired athletes. The World Games and Paralympics running events now award medals to both guide and VI athlete. Lending Sight created a precedent for races to waive registration fees for guides.
Her numerous awards include: (2012) Pacesetter Award in appreciation of contributions in the field of Quality of Life presented by Daily Camera, (2012) Boulder Chamber of Commerce Women Who Light the Community, and (2013) Sportswoman of Colorado-Dorothy Mauk Pioneer Award in recognition for developing the sport of VI running. She developed running and swimming tethers which are manufactured by Athletic Speed Equipment, Inc. and sold world-wide.
Deb spearheaded the Instep Real Women, Real Fast masters racing team and created Boulder Olympic Day held in conjunction with the Bolder Road Runners all comers track and field meet. Deb guided the first visually impaired athlete in a USATF Cross Country National Championship meet and led the effort to change the Boston Marathon registration process for mobility impaired athletes meeting qualification standards.