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DANIEL Searle wants to tick another box.

The Albury sporting fanatic has been chasing, rather than avoiding, challenges since losing his sight as a 16-year-old — and now he is about to embark on arguably his biggest.

Daniel will run the 11.3km Nail Can Hill Run on May 4.

“I like to push myself and I guess this is a way of doing it,” Daniel, 26, said yesterday.

“I did my first triathlon at Rutherglen a while ago and it has given me a taste for it.”

Daniel, who has only 2 and 5 per cent of his vision, is best known in cricket circles after representing Australia in the Twenty20 World Cup for the Blind in India in 2012.

He is also a keen tandem cyclist.

“Cricket has probably been my main sport over the years and I just thought I would try Nail Can after doing some shorter distance running,” he said.

“Fab (Andreoni) has been fantastic.

“He’s a very motivated guy.

“He’s worked with amputees and other disabled athletes and I’m looking forward to training with him.”

Almost 2000 competitors took part in last year’s Nail Can with international triathlete Jesse Featonby taking out the 37th annual race in a sizzling time of 38 minutes, 16 seconds. It was only the second time he had competed.

Jackson Whiley took out the four-kilometre Half Can, the first time it’s been run, in 19:21.

Registrations are now open.

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