seeing beyond the finish line

Athletes with visual impairments: If you would like to be identified as an athlete with visual impairments please indicate this on the registration form. If you prefer to run with a guide and already have one, make sure both you and your guide register for the race; you do not need to register together. If you prefer to run with a guide and don't have one, indicate so on your registration and we will put you in contact with a sighted peer interested in working with you. Practice sessions on the race course will be held in October and November (TBA). The practice sessions will help familiarize yourself with the course and working with your new guide. Send the race directors an email to let them know which of the two dates you would like to practice. If you need other adaptations please contact the race organizers and we will work with you. If you have never run in a road race before, training for and running in a 5k is the perfect entry point. If you think that you may need a guide, indicate so on your registration and show up for our first practice to get started.

Athletes without visual impairments: This race and walk is for you too! Register for the race and come out and get to know the visually impaired members of your community. Come out and support their athletic aspirations with healthy competition, but don't be surprised if you are left in the dust. Some athletes with visual impairments will run without a guide or additional equipment. Other athletes with visual impairments prefer to run with a guide, either along side with a tether, or behind them calling out cues. If the idea of guided running sounds cool to you, we have the perfect opportunity for you to learn more. Please indicate on your registration that you are willing to be a guide for a visually impaired runner who doesn't have one. We hold practices on Dix Campus on  to train new guides and give runner/guide teams a chance to become acquainted with one another (dates TBA). 

Practices: Practices will be held at the Dorothea Dix Campus. Specific meeting site and time TBA. Training involves teaching volunteers for sighted guide running techniques by Governor Morehead School physical education teaching professionals and certified orientation and mobility specialists. If you are an athlete with visual impairments and do not have the experience running with a sighted guide, we highly encourage you to participate in one of these practice sessions. Even though there are two organized practice sessions, it is strongly recommended that runner/guide teams practice together on their own time.

Packet Pickup: Runner packet pickup will be on November 16, 2012 from 3-7pm at Fleet Feet of Raleigh on Wade Avenue. Packets can also be picked up the day of the race. 

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