I first got to know Kyle when he was emailing me with a question about a qualifier race for Vermont 100 - he wanted to know if running 45 miles at Ghost Train would qualify him. I get so many of these emails, so my response was fairly standard 'you've gotta at least run 50 miles, especially on a course that easy!'. His response got my attention 'no problem, I understand. I've just got to find a guide for those last 15 miles'. I looked at the signature line and saw that tag 'Blind Beer Runner', and everything clicked. Congrats Amy, do you want some salt with that foot in your mouth? Kyle's a runner who is visually impaired, so his ability to participate in races is dependent on his ability to recruit guides to quite literally be his eyes out there. I immediately felt horrible about this, and offered to guide him myself if he needed. I told him I had no idea what I was doing, but I was willing to learn. Ultimately, he took me up on my offer to guide.
(Kyle and I ready to run at the Vermont 100 start line)