Blind runner competes in half marathon

FORT WORTH, Texas (CNN) — A blind Texas man is determined not to let his handicap keep him from accomplishing his goals. He wanted to run a half marathon and on Sunday, with help from a guide, he did just that.

“The main thing, the main focus I’m doing this is to represent all the blind community here in Texas. That we all blind folks can do sports like sighted folks do. We just need a little bit of assistance,” said blind runner Dennis Lynch.

Lynch says that despite being blind, he and his guide, John Myers, are out to prove that when there is a will, there is a way.

This is the first time that either of them competed in a half marathon.

“The biggest hurdle we’ve had to face is getting used to the newness of it,” said Myers.

The two were among the tens of thousands running in the Cowtown Marathon in the Fort Worth area. They said that they used a guide rope attached to both of them in order to get through the course.

“For me running it just feels like I am being free, feeling the wind, and just listening to all the people and being out there on the streets is just a real good thrill,” said Lynch.

The pair ran 13.1 miles and crossed the finish line in just over two and a half hours. 

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