Thomas Panek, 48, has been a runner for quite some time — he’s run 20 races throughout his life. Ever since he lost his sight in his early 20’s, he was hesitant to continue running, but eventually trained to run in races with the help of human guides tethered to him.

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  • Blind runner makes history at NYC Half Marathon
    Thomas Panek wrote his name into the history books by becoming the first blind person to complete the New York City Half Marathon guided by a relay ... The idea of running a race guided by dogs had ...
    03/28/2019 - 2:29 am | View Link
  • Thomas Panek Becomes the First Blind Runner to Finish the 2019 NYC Half Marathon Led by Guide Dogs
    That motto has pushed the 48-year-old runner ... mile race), despite losing his vision in his early 20s due to a genetic condition. This past Sunday, Panek once again embodied that mantra when he ...
    03/20/2019 - 9:46 am | View Link
  • A Team of Guide Dogs Paced This Blind Runner to a History-Making Finish in the 2019 NYC Half Marathon
    That motto has pushed the 48-year-old runner ... mile race), despite losing his vision in his early 20s due to a genetic condition. This past Sunday, Panek once again embodied that mantra when he ...
    03/19/2019 - 1:00 pm | View Link
  • Blind man and his dog make history at NYC Half Marathon
    Gus guided his pal across the finish line in a little less than 2 hours and 21 minutes — but in some ways, it took much longer to get there. Panek, 48, was a runner ... s half marathon marked another ...
    03/19/2019 - 3:06 am | View Link
  • Blind Runner And His Trio Of Guide Dogs Make History In NYC Half Marathon
    Waffle, Westley and Gus all accompanied Panek for different legs of the race ... runner to complete a half marathon led entirely by guide dogs. PANEK: Good boy, Westley, good boy. Hey, Waffle. Hey, ...
    03/18/2019 - 10:20 am | View Link
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  • Guide Running With Blind or Visually Impaired Runners, by ...
    Guide Running With Blind or Visually Impaired Runners. Posted on August 31, ... 5 x NYC Marathon finisher, avid cyclist and founder of, prefers the rope tether method and feels it’s one of the best techniques when running with a guide. This involves Michael running beside a guide runner while holding a piece of rope about a ...
    05/19/2019 - 3:03 am | View Website
  • The Blind Runner
    This is how other blind runners operate, too. (As an aside, on the same race I met Simon, there was a team of blind runners from China that were guided by friends with bells on their packs – see The Sound of Small Bells). Eventually he built his way up to marathons.
    05/19/2019 - 2:06 am | View Website
  • Blind Runner Makes History by Completing NYC Half Led by ...
    After undergoing months of training, a Blind Runner leaves a mark on the world by completing NYC Half Marathon with the help of his dog trio. Four runners i.e. Thomas Panek, who is blind, his three guide dogs helped him become the first visually impaired runner ever to finish the race without a human guide.
    05/17/2019 - 2:19 pm | View Website
  • How technology helped a blind athlete run free at the New ...
    Simon Wheatcroft aimed to be the first blind runner to cover the New York Marathon course unaided and unassisted, thanks to the technology of a Brooklyn-based startup called WearWorks and their ...
    05/15/2019 - 1:13 am | View Website
  • Blind man runs New York City Marathon without a guide
    This wasn’t Wheatcroft’s first New York City Marathon. He completed it with a guide in 2014 after running 250 miles from Boston to the start line in Staten Island. Wheatcroft was born with a genetic eye condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which caused him to go blind at 17 years old.
    05/13/2019 - 3:25 am | View Website
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