Finding the right guide for visually impaired walkers and runners can be both challenging, and incredibly rewarding. Here’s how to get started:
- Step 1: Sign up for free as a United In Stride member and create your profile!
- Step 2: Use our Find A Partner search to find blind/visually impaired athletes or guides in your desired area. Filter by activity, training distance, pace, and more!
- Step 3: Connect with members by messaging them directly through the search or on their profiles!
- Step 4: Get out there, be safe, and have fun!
Looking for helpful tips on how to communicate and reach out to other members? Or how to safely guide a visually impaired walker or runner? Check out our resource pages and find additional information such as VI race classifications and gear to keep you visible to others.
UIS Best Practices
Building Your Network
United In Stride serves not only as a platform for connecting visually impaired walkers and runners with guides, it is a way to build friendships, bonds, and community. Check out what we’re up to through our Instagram feed!
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!
Throughout the year United In Stride partners with race directors and other para-athletic organizations to make race participation as easy and as fun as possible for visually impaired athletes. Check out some of the upcoming events we’ll be at!
Shamrock’n Half-Marathon, 10K and 5k
March 16, 2024
128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America
April 15, 2024
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Half Marathon and 5k
November 3, 2024
News & Stories
Check out our latest news and media coverage to learn more about our members and community and how United In Stride is breaking down barriers for individuals with visual impairments.
The effort helping visually impaired athletes run the California International Marathon
Five years ago, Roger Oberholzer decided to run a marathon for the first time. He has now run the California International Marathon five times, including this year. To help him run, he has a guide by his side every step of the way.
American runner thought to be first visually impaired athlete to complete 6 World Marathon Majors
After the London Marathon in April, United In Stride user Anthony Butler became the first American visually impaired runner and potentially first visually impaired runner ever to complete the Abbott World Marathon Majors.
Running with RP: A guide to fostering hope
Richard Hunter, renowned endurance athlete and co-founder of United In Stride program, shares his mission to keep running while living with blindness due to retinitis pigmentosa, and helping others to do the same.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about using the site, being a guide, or anything else? Read through some of our FAQs to see if we’ve already answered it for you. If we haven’t, reach out to us directly through the Contact Us form!
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