Guiding Eyes President and CEO Tom Panek will be running the Katonah 5K on Saturday.
Panek, a South Salem resident, will be relying on a human guide as he navigates the hilly terrain, though his yellow Labrador guide dog Gus will be waiting for him at the finish line.
“I love to run, as it’s yet another way I can demonstrate how a person who is blind can do anything,” said Panek. “We live in South Salem and we enjoy being part of the Katonah Lewisboro community. The Katonah 5K will be a great way for us to start the weekend, especially as two of my kids, Madeline and Troy, will also be participating.”
The route for the K5K has been changed this year—organizers promise fewer hills and more trails.
“ The beautiful trails of Katonah Park do not disappoint and Wildwood will be your steepest hill,” they warn on their Facebook page.
The race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. For the route and more information, visit the Katonah Village Improvement Society webpage.
Panek has been with Guiding Eyes since February of this year. His most recent race was the Boston Marathon, and in November he’ll look forward to running in the NYC Marathon.
His new responsibilities include overseeing the expansion of Guiding Eyes’ Canine Development Center. Guiding Eyes’ Board Chair Wendy Aglietti, a Bedford resident, said she looks forward to a bright future with Tom at the helm.