Blind man completes New York City half marathon with a trio of guide dogs by his side

When Thomas Panek started losing his vision as a teenager, he refused to see the barriers it would bring.

Instead, the runner became the first blind person to finish the United Airlines Half Marathon in New York City with the support of a trio of guide dogs, which took turns tunny by his side.

“It’s hard not being able to see,” he said through tears at the finish line Sunday. “And now, but just to say to people who are blind, just get out there. You can do it. You can do anything.”

This is proof it really does take a village.

And that village includes Waffle, Westley and Gus.

Panek is president and chief executive officer of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

The non-profit that helps connect people with vision loss with guide dogs.

And this run was dedicated to raising awareness about his organization.

And for one guide dog, this is the end of the professional road.

It was incredible for those who witnessed it.

This story will definitely make your Monday.

Photos @guidingeyes/Twitter

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