The Guides

De’Shawn Patacsil


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

USAT Certified Level 1 Coach

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



Shuyan Lu


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.

Christina Soo Rhee

USAT Certified Level 1 Technical Official

In my adult life, I’ve been dedicated to running and triathlons, pushing my limits but hitting walls and feeling like going nowhere. Mid-life crisis! Guiding a vision-impaired runner inspired me to improve, while also opening my eyes to new possibilities and allowing me to give back to the community. I am grateful for the opportunity with Never Limit Yourself A.C., where I continue to grow.

Angelina Gally

running guide

I never imagined I’d have the privilege of guiding vision impaired runners. It’s been a transformative journey; initially, I doubted my ability to guide another person, let alone through a marathon where they rely on me every step of the way. My guiding journey started with hearing and seeing so many inspiring stories, and then I started training with vision impaired athletes, gaining confidence in guiding. It was an eye-opening experience for me. While endurance sports are typically very lonely, the most meaningful moments are those that are shared with others. Helping others achieve their goals and sharing both triumphs and challenges has been incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. It’s easy to assume that guides solely assist vision impaired athletes, but often, it’s the reverse. I feel very fortunate to have found NLY AC.