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Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon: 'Every Mile Counts' provides guide runners for those with sight impairments

by Scott Wright Published: April 27, 2014

Trantham’s vision is 20/300 in one eye and 20/100 in the other, so she has enough vision to keep on the right path. Caroline’s guidance was most useful for bumps, holes or curbs that could come into Trantham’s path.

Other visually impaired participants held a rope that the guide runner would use to lead them.

In all, nearly a dozen people took part in the marathon as part of the Every Mile Counts program, with three visually impaired participants, plus their guide runners and a relay team from Delta Gamma that ran simply to support the cause.

Trantham practiced for about a month to prepare for Sunday’s relay, in addition to walking a mile to and from work at New Vision Oklahoma every day. And she’s ready for the fall, when she can start training for next year’s marathon.

“We want to start in the fall to try to build up our mileage, so maybe we can do the half-marathon next spring,” Shelby Breit said.

Trantham once walked a 5K for the March of Dimes when she was in high school, but hadn’t had an opportunity to do anything like it since. So she jumped at the chance to be part of the marathon.

“I love exercise and I love to do things for a good cause,” she said. “It was a great day.”