Runner looks to promote blind athletes

A long-distance runner with his sights set on breaking the record for running the Appalachian Trail is looking to raise awareness for a Yorktown charity for the blind as he moves through New York.

A long-distance runner with his sights set on breaking the record for running the Appalachian Trail is looking to raise awareness for a Yorktown charity for the blind as he moves through New York. (6/24/15)

YORKTOWN - A long-distance runner with his sights set on breaking the record for running the Appalachian Trail is looking to raise awareness for a Yorktown charity for the blind as he moves through New York.

In his quest to set a new record, Scott Jurek has already covered 1,500 miles. He has 800 miles left to go.

Tom Panek, the CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, joined Jurek on a stretch of the trail along Bear Mountain. Panek is aided by a dog specially trained to accompany blind runners -- a German shepherd named Klinger.

Panek, a blind athlete himself, has run before with Jurek in the Boston Marathon.

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