Deciding whether to run with a dedicated course guide is a personal decision that each adaptive athlete will make for themselves.
An athlete’s specific impairment or adaptation will often dictate the level and type of support that they will require on-course. To better understand some of the ways that course guides provide support on-course, here are a few common examples of how they help out:
- Aid with transporting equipment
- Aiding athletes in getting into/out of equipment at obstacles
- Support in lifting/lower athletes
- Pulling/pushing equipment (by hand and/or with harnesses)
- Assistance navigating challenging terrain
- Ability to scout ahead and anticipate course challenges
- Support in completing obstacles
- Assistance in wayfinding/navigation
- Experience in best practices (equipment, nutrition, pacing)
Additionally, if you already have your own course guide or support team, they may be eligible for discounted or free entry to the event to support you on course. Note on your application the name of your supporter and have them fill out a course guide application. Limits may apply to the number of supporters per person that are eligible for discounted entry.