United in Stride is a tool for uniting visually impaired runners and sighted guides. Finding the right running partner can be challenging, and incredibly rewarding. Our goal is to make it easier for you.


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Presented by Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired


  • “The impact and difference volunteer sighted guides have made in my life allow me to enjoy the freedom to train and run outdoors, participate in events, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. From each experience, a unique friendship forms, reminding me that the possibilities ahead are endless, as long as I take that first step forward!”
    Dave Bigoney
    Visually Impaired Runner
    Tallahassee, FL
  • “Guiding a Visually Impaired athlete is my way of giving back to the sport(s) that I have received so much joy from participating in. As an Endurance athlete, the different disciplines that we participate are done selfishly; you train and compete by yourself. As a Guide, you are able to give back to the sport(s) by giving those with vision loss a chance to do what brings us so much joy, and that we sometimes take for granted. After my first guiding experience, I went home and told my wife that I am completely OK not ever doing another marathon by myself. However, I will do whatever I can to make sure that I participate year in and year out as a guide for visually impaired runners!”
    Chris Shull
    Sighted Guide
    Folsom, CA
  • Since going blind, I've looked for a way to push myself physically while staying safe. About a half-mile into my first run with a guide I knew I'd found it! I've gained speed an endurance like anyone who has trained, but more importantly, I've found a greater confidence in and respect for myself.
    Kate Katulak
    Visually Impaired Runner
  • Though most guides humbly disagree, I consider guiding to be a purely selfless act. I mean, they give up their own race - while still taking on all of the same effort - simply to allow me to race. Just incredible people.

    Erich Manser
    Visually Impaired Runner
    Littleton, MA
  • “Running guides have made a huge impact in my life. Not only do they generously donate their time and effort to assist me at any event, but they also pace me and motivate me to compete at a high level.”
    Adrian Broca
    Visually Impaired Runner
    Los Angeles, CA

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