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Get in the Wag-a-thon, Support Guides for the Blind, and Get Fit2BPawsome

Are you looking for ways to get motivated to exercise with your dog?  Join the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Wag-a-thon during the month of May.  Log 26.2 miles with your dog and raise money to support guide dog training.  What better way to get Fit2BPawsome?

Why Wag-a-thon?

Guiding Eyes for the Blind has been training guide dogs since 1954.  The group recently created a program to train dogs for running.  CEO Thomas Panek, who is himself blind, is a long-time runner.  He has completed a dozen marathons since he lost his sight in early adulthood, but never with the help of guide dogs.  He and his dog, Gus, made history this year by running as the first human/guide dog pair in a sanctioned race.  The pair completed a 5k in Central Park.

The group envisions making it possible for blind runners to complete marathons with the help of guide dogs.  Dogs aren’t built for steady distance running, and it will require 4 dogs for each runner to complete a marathon.

How it works

  • Sign up online and set up your fundraising page.
  • Make a plan to complete 26.2 miles during the month of May.
  • Post on social media
  • Finish by May 31
  • You’ll get incentives along the way and raise money for a great cause.  It takes an estimated $50,000 to train a guide dog for the blind.

Make it count

Joining the Wag-a-thon is a good way to stay motivated to keep your goals for the Fit2BPawsome challenge. You may take advantage of the 25% discount on the Babel Bark fitness monitor and app to track your miles.  Be sure to cross post your progress to the Fit2BPawsome Facebook group and on social media using  #Fit2BPawsome.

Video credit: Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

KC Pet Collective is not affiliated with Guiding Eyes for the Blind in any way. 

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