A while back I posted a picture I took at the Surf City Half Marathon of a Blind Runner and their ‘guide dog’. I got a lot of comments about how inspiring it was and I have to say it was truly inspiring to me too. I think that seeing people overcome struggles is one of the most pivotal things that can happen in sports and I think that reading stories and seeing others achieving their goals is not only awe-inspiring but also humbling. It’s moments that happen where you realize how lucky you are. How sights and sounds are every day occurrences to us and might not be to everyone around us.
A reader left a comment that she was actually was a ‘guide dog’ in her track club and I was immediately interested. I wanted to hear more of her story and how she took part in the events! So below is her story and how she works with Joe a blind runner. Read on about Laura and be inspired!
Have you ever thought “I wonder what it would be like to be blind?” or “I wonder what it would be like to be deaf?” I know I have, and as a runner I can’t imagine doing my sport without either my sight or hearing.
For the past several months I’ve had the pleasure of being a “guide dog” for Joe, a blind runner in SacFIT running group. Joe is a 30 something runner who lost his sight in his teens due to a disorder where the retina’s detached in his eyes.