Invercargill runners Hannah Pascoe and Andrew Moreton arrive in New York today, four days out from competing in the New York Marathon.
Pascoe, who is blind, will be guided by Moreton in the 42 kilometre event. They run together, connected by a strap attached to one of their arms.
Stress fractures in a hip (Pascoe) and a foot (Moreton) have hindered their preparations. The hip injury is virtually healed.
"I had acupuncture yesterday and I'll be all right on the day," Pascoe said before flying out of Invercargill yesterday.
Her guide dog Cora is staying in Auckland and they will all return to Invercargill on Saturday week.
Pascoe made the New York Marathon a goal after a friend withdrew from the event in 2006.
She applied to run this year through the New Zealand branch of Achilles International, a worldwide organisation which provides sporting opportunities for people with disabilities.
After her application was approved in April, she and Moreton started training. They took part in the Dunedin Marathon last month and have competed in Invercargill fun runs.
"Helping someone achieve a goal is very satisfying," Moreton said.
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