The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) provides life-enriching sports opportunities for every individual with visual impairment. Guiding Eyes and the USABA have forged a partnership based on their shared goal of removing boundaries for people with vision loss and challenging accepted notions of independence.
This collaboration is timely; Thomas Panek, Guiding Eyes for the Blind President & CEO, is running the California International Marathon in Sacramento this weekend along with Richard Hunter, the first graduate of the school’s Running Guides Pilot Program. Richard received Klinger, a two-year-old German Shepherd, in July of this year and the team has been successfully training for this event ever since.
The Running Guides Pilot Program is pioneering in concept, training guide dogs who have the highly specialized skill set to safely guide their handlers at higher speeds.