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Team Tethered Together

Team Tethered Together: Overview

Team Tethered Together is USABA’s endurance running program for blind and visually impaired runners and sighted guides. In 2022, the program will expand from its original race, the California International Marathon (CIM) to a second race offering a half marathon and 5k, the Philadelphia Distance Run (PDR).

Going into the 13th year of the USABA Marathon National Championships in 2022, there are many runners and guides who race CIM every year because of the community, camaraderie and support, which will be replicated at PDR. During race weekend, USABA provides a one-of-a-kind experience including pre-race meals with race briefings, awards ceremony, logistical support and help with identifying sighted guides.

Through the generosity of USABA’s supporters, we are able to offer runners post-race scholarships to help offset the cost of race entries and travel. See details below.

Do you need to be fast to participate? No, we play host to a very diverse group of blind runners that range from teenagers to those over 70 years old, from former first-time marathoners to Paralympians.  These events are intended for runners of all ability levels who are interested in traveling to a destination race with a training goal in mind.

2022 Endurance Event 1: Philadelphia Distance Run

Race Date: Sunday, September 18, 2022

Pre-Race Gathering: Saturday, September 17, 2022

Post-Race Awards: Sunday, September 18, 2022

Distance: Half Marathon and 5k

Host Hotel: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, 201 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Awards: USABA will award the top 3 visually impaired men and women division winners for both the half marathon and 5k. Prizes are not broken down into visual classifications.

Post-Race Scholarships: $250 (30 total, 10 reserved for U.S. Veterans). Requirements:

1.  Be one of the first 30 visually impaired half marathon runners to register using the REGISTER NOW button below. $250 post-race travel scholarship slots are based on a first registered, first-served basis.

2.  Must become an annual or lifetime member of USABA by October 31.

3.  Must start the Philadelphia Distance Run.

4.  Must provide documentation of legal blindness.

5. Must attend the mandatory pre-race meal and logistics meeting.

Guides: Apply to serve as a sighted guide using the REGISTER NOW button below.

Registration: Click REGISTER NOW below. You will be emailed your registration and hotel links.

2022 Endurance Event 2: USABA Marathon National Championships/California International Marathon

Race Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022

Pre-Race Gatherings: Saturday, December 3, 2022

Post-Race Awards: Sunday, December 4, 2022

Distance: Marathon and Marathon Relay (2 person teams)

Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown, 300 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Awards: USABA will award the top 3 visually impaired men and women division winners prize money in the amount of: 1st Place: $1,000; 2nd Place: $500; and 3rd Place: $250. Prize money is not broken down into visual classifications.

USABA will award medals to the top 3 finishers in the B1, B2 and B3 classifications for both men and women. Medals are ONLY provided to US runners since the CIM serves as the USABA Marathon National Championships for the United States.

CIM VI Elite Marathon Standard: The following is required to qualify for a complimentary entry to the California International Marathon:

1.  Sub 3:00 Marathon finish for Visually Impaired Men

2.  Sub 3:25 Marathon finish for Visually Impaired Women

3. The time standard must have been achieved within the past 2 years.

Post-Race Scholarships: $500 (40 total, 10 reserved for U.S. Veterans). Requirements:

1.  Be one of the first 40 visually impaired marathon runners to register using the REGISTER NOW button below. $500 post-race travel scholarship slots are based on a first registered, first-served basis.

2.  Must become an annual or lifetime member of USABA by October 31.

3.  Must start the California International Marathon.

4.  Must have previously completed a marathon in under 6 hours or a half-marathon in under 2 hours 45 minutes.

5.  Must provide documentation of legal blindness.

6. Must attend the mandatory pre-race meals and logistics meeting.

Guides: Apply to serve as a sighted guide using the REGISTER NOW button below.

Registration: Click REGISTER NOW below. You will be emailed your registration and hotel links.

Questions? Email Sarah Hartmann, USABA Partnerships & Development Director shartmann@usaba.org