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Running is a very popular sport for many blind and partially-sighted people. Many marathons even have prize categories for people with serious sight problems.
If you would like to run a marathon or half marathon, we have some great tips to get you started. Not all runners with serious sight problems need to run with a sighted guide. However, if you do need to run with a sighted guide we have some good advice about how to finding, and also training with, a sighted guide.
Approach local running clubs for volunteers. Running clubs may also be able to give you tips on training and nutrition. Do not forget to choose someone of similar fitness and ability if possible.
Run The Planet thanks the Royal National Institute of the Blind website (rnib.org.uk) for the permission to reprint part of the article "Tips for Blind and Partially Sighted Runners". The Royal National Institute of the Blind is the leading charity in the United Kingdom, offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems, not just with braille, talking books and computer training, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges. Illustration © by Run The Planet. A special thanks to Jeffrey Kafer for making this article accessible by converting it into an audio file.