The Guides

De’Shawn Patacsil

Running

I became a guide for para-athletes in May of 2023. For me, it’s a way of giving back. I used to think I became a guide by accident. But then I realized everything happens for a reason and that passion goes where passion flows. It makes me feel good inside to help people accomplish their goals/dreams. I also get elite level coaching at the same time, so it’s pretty much a win-win.

Robert Gally

Triathlon

Becoming a guide for the blind has been an incredibly enriching journey for me as a triathlete. Partnering with a visually impaired individual in the world of triathlons not only adds a unique dimension to my own athletic pursuits but creates a powerful connection built on trust and collaboration. Guiding a blind triathlete through the swim, bike, and run stages is not just about finishing a race together; it’s a shared experience of overcoming challenges, pushing boundaries, and celebrating victories as a team.

Ryan Peterson

Half & Full Marathons and Ultra Distances

I run and train to help my runners accomplish their goals and find fulfillment in their races. Racing is an experience, and my purpose is to help my runner maximize his experience and potential. For years, I have paced marathons at a 7:00 to 9:00 min/mile pace. Outside of pa, I race 100-mile events. I try to challenge myself with longer races, faster paces, and more challenging courses. Each new challenge informs how I guide my runners and who I am as a pacer.

Natasha Mationg

Guide for Vision Impaired 5k,20k, Half Marathon

Seamus

Running

Shuyan Lu

Running

Kathleen Pearson

Guide for Vision Impaired

As a pioneering blind running guide, Kathleen is dedicated to empowering para-athletes, helping them unlock their full potential. Her guide journey began with a simple yet profound belief: every athlete deserves the chance to experience the thrill of competition and the joy of achievement. Guiding athletes through training and races, she has witnessed first-hand the transformative power of sport. She knows that a guide’s role extends beyond navigation; it’s about inspiring confidence and fostering a sense of limitless possibility. Kathleen is committed to broadening horizons for all para-athletes, championing inclusivity, and celebrating every triumph along our shared path.