STEPS FOR SIGHT - Virtual Half & Full Marathon

Get moving in June and join the Fighting Blindness Steps for Sight. We’re calling people of all ages and abilities to walk, jog or run to support people living with sight loss in Ireland. Sign up for a half marathon (21km) or challenge yourself to a full marathon (42km)!

What is a virtual race?

This race is just like any other race, but with one exception – you choose when and where you do it!

You can run or walk by yourself or with your family at a time that suits you. Please comply with the current government and public health guidelines in relation to Covid-19 and the app will look after the rest.

You can keep your social distance of at least 2m at all times, get some exercise and support Fighting Blindness.

Once registered you can choose how much you run or walk each day until you hit your goal.

Check out our FAQ’s for more and the How to take part section below



June 1st to June 30th, 2020.


Just step outside your front door and start.


When suits you.

What you need to do.

Run/walk each day until you reach your goal.


People living with sight loss navigate their entire lives through touch – now they don’t even have that.

Fighting Blindness is a patient-led charity with a vision to support people living with sight loss, empower patients and cure blindness. We are the only charity providing specialised professional counselling and therapeutic services for people living with rare eye diseases in Ireland.

Right now, we need your help more than ever. The demand for our support service has doubled since the start of the pandemic. People are feeling isolated, lonely and anxious. 

We have not stopped our vital work and will continue to support people living with sight loss. However, what has stopped is our community fundraising. We rely on the generosity of the public for almost 90% of our income; this crisis will hit us hard.

Register for Steps for Sight today and help us to continue our vital work. Challenge your family and friends to do it too!

We’re encouraging everyone who takes part to set up a fundraising page and the top fundraiser will win a hamper full of goodies! You can set up an online fundraiser on JustGiving, or Facebook.

Don’t forget to share any photos or videos with us on social media using the hashtag #Steps4Sight.

Reg Charity No 20013349

Company No 109625

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Official Race App

Download the app now from one of these links.

How to take part

You can start the event anytime from June 1st but the event must be completed by midnight June 30th.

Here is what you need to do to be ready for the virtual run:

1. Download the Your Virtual Race App on iOS or Android, links below
2. Please ensure you allow the app to use your location
3. Navigate to the “Challenges” tab in the App
4. Click on the “Fighting Blindness Steps for Sight” Challenge and click “join challenge”
5. The challenge window opens on June 1st until June 30th.
6. When you are ready to run/walk/jog, navigate back to the challenge page and record your journey, ensuring to click start and stop when finished.
7. You can run or walk as often as you like during this time until you reach your chosen target, please use the app each time.

Please ensure that you press STOP and SAVE YOUR RUN on the app when you have completed your session.