Never before did I think that I’d be running marathons—and guiding.Marathoner and running coach Jennifer Chu is talking about a chance meeting that now has her leading the blind and visually impaired in marathons and half-marathons.
Chu, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was vacationing on Prince Edward Island when she noticed a vacationer in a Boston Marathon jacket from 2017—one just like hers. Its owner, Ary Tsotras of London, Ontario, had lost much of his sight beginning in his thirties. Chu and Tsotras kept in touch, and he invited her to guide him in last April’s Boston Marathon, even though it would be her first time guiding.
She loves the role.
At the 2018 California International Marathon, Chu guided an athlete who beat her personal record by four minutes.