Our History

United In Stride was founded in 2015 by Richard Hunter in partnership with the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI). Prior to United In Stride, there was no single resource dedicated to matching visually impaired walkers and runners with guides. Inspired by the work of MABVI’s Team With A Vision at the Boston Marathon, it has expanded to include walkers and runners of all levels.

We created this resource to ease the challenge of finding a guide, whether you are close to home, or traveling to another part of the country. Our robust, interactive guide database creates more opportunities for blind and visually impaired individuals to exercise outside of their homes.

Join us in sharing your passion for fitness with others by signing up for your account today. Together, we can make sure that blind and visually impaired walkers and runners have access to a guide when needed and show that “disability” does not mean “inability”!

United In Stride founder Richard Hunter holding up a new United In Stride banner.

“United In Stride was founded with the passionate belief that there were people with vision loss in every single community across the country who would be interested in walking, jogging, and running if they knew it was possible for them and had guides to assist them.”

Richard Hunter, Founder

Our Community

United In Stride serves not only as a platform for connecting visually impaired walkers, joggers, and runners of all levels with guides, it is a way to build friendships, bonds, and community. Check out what we’re up to through our Instagram feed!

You can also find us on Facebook and YouTube!

Goodbye, United In Stride... The old one that is!

On Monday, January 8th at 2pm EST we will be launching our brand new website! Easier to use, updated resources, accessible, and more!

Also stay posted for information on our upcoming raffle giveaway!
The wait is almost over!

In January we will be officially launching our new and improved United In Stride website! New functions include registering as a walker, additional search filters, and the option to temporarily “snooze” your profile!

We hope you’re as excited as we are! In the meantime, enjoy a sneak peak at our new homepage!
Check out this article and video from KCRA3-TV with visually impaired runner and United In Stride member Roger Oberholzer, who shares his experience running with his guide at the 2023 California International Marathon! @runcim262

Read and watch using the link in our bio!
Congratulations to all visually impaired walkers/runners and their guides who participated in the Santa Barbara Half Marathon &5k (@santabarbarahalf)!

We are so thankful for our partners @blindfitnesssb and @wayfinderfamily who helped make this weekend a great experience for all of our athletes!
Up next! United in Stride is excited to be partnering with @blindfitnesssb and @wayfinderfamily for the @santabarbarahalf and 5k on November 5, 2023! We will have 26 blind and visually impaired walkers and runners taking part, along with their guides. Good luck everyone!

Testimonials

Finding the right partner can be challenging, and incredibly rewarding for visually impaired individuals and guides alike. Check out what some of our members have to say about their experiences!

“Guide runners are my eyes. I trust them, as they tell me everything I need to know along our path. I am a visually impaired runner, and a happy runner.”
Jessica L.
Blind/VI
Denver, CO
“Being able to participate as a guide absolutely reinvigorated my passion to run. I am now able to enjoy the sport I love more than ever, while making it possible for a visually impaired athlete to do the same. WIN-WIN.”
Sydney F.
Guide
Franklin, MI
“Guiding has brought me such pleasure in a sport I have come to love over the past four years. I want to help anyone I can to accomplish their goals, from sprints to half’s and any training in between. Let’s have some fun!”
Ed C.
Guide
Rumford, RI
“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 M.
Blind/VI
Littleton, MA
“Guiding a blind athlete opened my eyes to a whole new dimension in the sport of triathlon. I was apprehensive about it at first but learning to work together and be that much more attentive on the course has helped me view racing in a while new light.”
Matt S.
Guide
“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! More importantly, I’ve found a greater confidence in and respect for myself.”
Kate K.
Blind/VI
Watertown, MA
“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 C.
Blind/VI
Acton, MA
“The idea that I could help someone while doing something that’s also good for myself physically and mentally seemed like a no brainer. Heck why aren’t more people doing it!?”
Andrea C.
Guide
Maynard, MA
“Guiding takes the “self” out of racing and makes it the ultimate team effort. 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’s nothing better than knowing that you helped another person accomplish their goal.”
Caroline G.
Guide
Austin, TX
“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 B
Blind/VI
Los Angeles, CA
“The impact and difference 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 B
Blind/VI
Tallahassee, FL
“I thought that guiding a visually impaired runner would be a unique opportunity to share the ultimate expression of independence 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 bond and long-lasting friendship.”
Chad C.
Guide
“Guides have given me the opportunity fulfil 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.”
Richard M.
Blind/VI
Ottawa, Canada
“I love to run, and my guides make it possible.”
Dan B.
Blind/VI
Fort Collins, CO
“Without my many guides, running would be a solitary slog on a treadmill. With them, my running is a chance to make new friends, to race, and to be a part of a great community. In short, because of my guides, running brings joy and freedom.”
Tina A.
Blind/VI
Alexandria, VA
“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. 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 S.
Guide
Folsom, CA
“Guiding a visually impaired runner has put new meaning into running. Sharing the Boston Marathon with a visually impaired runner is one of the highlights of my running career. It wasn’t about what I could do for her, but what she did for me. I’ll never forget it.”
Tracy W.
Guide
Meridian, ID
“Without a guide, every pothole, crack, curb, or branch could end my run. Every slight direction choice, adjustment, and verbal warning are the essential gifts which give me freedom to run. The only greater gift is the kindness and choice of my wonderful guides to make this possible each and every time we become a team.”
Randy P.
Blind/VI
Nashua, NH

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