Guides of Visually Impaired Runners

Rise to Shine and run!

Guidelines for people with disabilities


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR GUIDES OF VISUALLY IMPAIRED RUNNERS

  1. Race starts at 8:00 am.
  2. Starting line is at Hastings and South Wood (1310 South Wood Street).
  3. We encourage everyone to review the course, especially those using adaptive technology to allow for full participation.
  4. Guides do not need to pay, but must register. Contact Angela D'Antonio at DAntonio@chicagolighthouse.org for instructions on registering.
  5. Guide MUST check in at packet pickup to receive their guide bib number.
  6. Guide must finish behind the athlete.
  7. Guides may register to receive a shirt and finisher medal for $25.00.
  8. Guides may register as a 10K/5K runner for the registration fee and receive all swag, timing, and qualify for age awards.
  9. Guides will not be allowed to participate on race day without registering and signing the waiver.
  10. As the blind or visually impaired runner crosses the finish line, the guide must be behind the athlete.
  11. The method of guidance is the choice of the athlete. He or she may choose to use an elbow lead, a tether, or run free. Strapping or tying the hands of athlete and guide to one another is not permitted. The tether used must provide at least 5 cm (2 inches) length between the respective hands of guide and athlete. In addition, the runner may receive verbal instruction from the guide.
  12. Guides may not use a bicycle or other mechanical means of transport.
  13. The guide cannot pull the athlete or propel the athlete forward by pushing.