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


  • “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
  • “Guiding takes the "self" out of racing and makes it the ultimate team effort. I have been a triathlete for 15 years and none of the races I have completed as an individual compare to the feeling I get when I cross the finish line with a visually impaired athlete. There is nothing better than knowing that you helped another person accomplish his or her goal.”
    Caroline Gaynor
    Sighted Guide
    Austin, TX
  • Without a guide, I could only run slowly and cautiously. I could not keep up with other runners. With a guide, I can run a faster pace. I can join group runs and run competitively in races. I can challenge my athletic ability. This opens up a new world of possibilities!
    Joyce Cron
    Visually Impaired Runner
  • “Guides have given me the opportunity to fulfill my passion of running, for without their kindness there would be no running. They have also provided me with encouragement, motivation, and inspiration to push myself beyond what I thought I could do, and without those guides, I would never have had the opportunity to run a great marathon like Boston!”
    Richard Marsolais
    Visually Impaired Runner
    Ottawa, Canada
  • 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

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