United In Stride is a tool for uniting visually impaired walkers and runners of all levels with guides. Our mission is to support the blind and visually impaired community in realizing their fitness goals.

Welcome!

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!

Resources

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

Person wearing a reflective vest holding a bullhorn.

Building Your Network

Visually Impaired runner and two guides drinking water during a race.

Guiding 101

Blind runner and guide holding a tether.

Races

Person walking on a treadmill.

Additional Resources

United In Stride printed tshirt, running hat, and handheld tether.

Our Community

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!

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

Highlighted Events

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!

Sacramento, CA

Shamrock'n Half Marathon, 10K and 5K logo. Saint Patrick's Day Weekend.

Shamrock’n Half-Marathon, 10K and 5k

March 16, 2024

Boston, MA

128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America logo on blue background with opaque runners.

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.

Visually Impaired runner Roger Oberholzer and his guide running with a tether at the California International Marathon.

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.

Anthony Butler and his guide wearing their London Marathon and Abbot World Major Medals at the finish of the London Marathon.

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.

Richard Hunter wearing blind vest with arm triumphantly in air running with a guide.

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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