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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

TESTIMONIALS

  • “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
  • 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
  • “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
  • For me, running has always been the ultimate expression of independence. After running the Boston Marathon several times on my own, I thought that guiding a visually impaired runner would be a unique opportunity to share an experience that has been so meaningful to me. I was paired with an incredible athlete who inspired me not only with his athletic performance, but his passion and joy for the sport. Best of all, we've developed a strong friendship and have now run three Boston Marathons together.
    Chad Carr
    Sighted Guide
  • “Every day of my running life, I thank my many running guides. Without them, my running would be a solitary slog on a treadmill. With them, running is a chance to make new friends, to race, to be a part of a great community, and to laugh, cry, and learn about people I would never have met without sport. In short, because of my guides, running brings joy and freedom.”
    Tina Ament
    Visually Impaired Runner
    Alexandria, VA

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