What is the Blindfold Challenge?

Taking the Blindfold Challenge could not be more simple:

  1. Put on a blindfold,
  2. Team up with a sighted guide, and
  3. Run without the benefit of your sight.

By the time you cross the finish line, you'll understand what anyone with vision impairment already knows: that being blind won't hold you back, that you don't need your eyes to see what's inside you—that, in the end, fear is the greatest disability.

In the Blindfold Challenge, a blindfolded runner and a guide are connected by a two foot tether and run the same course, at the same time, and under the same circumstances as the other runners in the 5K event. The experience heightens awareness of the capabilities of all people when given the proper tools. Make a difference in your community and take on the challenge.

Interested in being a guide? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. If you want to run blindfolded and don't have a guide, we will assign one to you.


Prior to race day, participants must attend one training session to prepare to run the Blindfold Challenge. It is imperative that all teams attend a training session before they run. Past participants, blind athletes, and experienced guide runners lead the trainings to help new runners learn how to work as a team. Numerous training sessions are held in the months leading up to each Blindfold Challenge, to ensure everyone can attend a training before they run. Training is mandatory for first-time guides and runners.

To sign up for a Blindfold Challenge training, contact Joe Quintanilla by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone at 617-425-2415.

  • Saturday, April 6th at Roberto Clemente Field, Back Bay Fens (10 am)
  • Tuesday, April 9th at MAB Community Services, 200 Ivy Street, Brookline (6 pm)