1.Keep track of safety. Disabled runners should be kept in sight at all times.
2.Chat freely. Good conversation is the greatest aid to training.
3.Take it easy. Don't scare off new people by pushing them too hard. On the other hand, with experience, encourage a runner to go a little faster.
4.Don't be embarrassed to ask about the disability and how it came about. It's usually more comfortable for people to talk about it than ignore it.
5.Check on race times. Disabled runners often take off well before the general start time.
6.Get to the start early. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the disabled start time.
7.Watch the pace. Help your runner calculate the desired time per mile, and keep him or her to that pace (that is, no faster).
Consider volunteering as a group or family.
Don't fear the need to keep up the pace. Disabled runners of all levels participate, some even walking.
Contact Achilles Track Club for the Disabled to work with one of the 43 chapters in the United States and over 110 worldwide. They can be reached at 42 W. 38th St., Fourth Fl., New York, NY 10018; (212) 354-0300; ACHILLESTC@aol.com. Overall Warnings: If you have any condition that would impair or limit your ability to engage in physical activity, please consult a physician before attempting this activity.