Now that Thomas and his team have finished making history, Thomas hopes the accomplishment will inspire others with vision problems to keep reaching for their goals. Quite simply, being visually impaired will no longer keep you on the sidelines! Thomas wants everyone to get out there and start running.“The most important reason [I did this run] is to encourage people to run, no matter what disability or ability level is, no matter what, health and wellness is important,” Thomas stated. “Running is a very productive and constructive way for us all to stay healthy and active.” “I think the point of doing this is to say there are no excuses,” he said. “Your excuse is not going to be good anymore, if I can run 13.1 miles through the streets of NYC blind, your excuse isn’t going to be good enough.” Now that the race is over, Thomas's guide dog Gus has officially retired. He'll spend the rest of his life with Thomas as a family pet, not a working dog. During the training and race Thomas bonded with Westley, who will now become his main guide dog. Waffle will be paired with a new runner through the Guiding Eyes organization. “The best thing you can do is if you have a dog, get out there and go for a run for them," Thomas said. “Go to the vet to get it checked out, make sure they’re run-ready, and then don’t leave the dog at home.” Great advice for all of us, not just those of us with vision trouble. Congratulations to Thomas and his team of canine athletes! We hope you all continue to blaze trails and make history with your incredible spirit and determination. Please share this story to congratulate Thomas for his history-making race!
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