Blind Man To Run Half Marathon With Guide Dogs

Unusual team to toe the starting line
On a training run

Three guide dogs will lead Thomas Panek in the New York City Half Marathon on March 17, 2019. He will be the first blind runner to finish the race with the guidance of dogs rather than of other human runners, and his Labrador Retrievers will be the first athletes from their species to participate in the race. The race is 13.1 miles long and the dogs will each guide him for a portion of that distance.

The guide dogs’ health and safety are extremely important to everyone involved, and care will be taken to make sure they are hydrated and doing well in every way. Volunteers and veterinarians along the course will monitor the dogs and provide check-ups. The dogs will be wearing footwear for protection and they will all set their own pace.

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