We highlight one UIS user every newsletter and rotate between a runner who is B/VI and a guide. Let us know if you have a good story that we should share.
In this issue, we'd like to introduce you to Marcie Winkler from Seattle.
I first learned of United in Stride through my work with CLIF Bar. When I signed up to be a sighted guide with United In Stride just over a year ago, I was beyond nervous. Now, I realize those nerves were due to an unrealistic amount of pressure and responsibility I thought I would have as the sighted guide in our partnership. The reality of guiding is much different than my perception. We both have a responsibility to each other. I am the eyes, but Troy holds me accountable to get out sun, rain or snow. He keeps my mind off the miles and challenges me to keep training. In a lot of ways, he is the engine for our team. We are currently training for Troy’s first 10 miler and we have inspired another guide to join us. Altogether, Troy will have four people running with him on race day and a Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer who are helping his team get there.