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Thomas Panek

Thomas Panek:

Thomas A. Panek will be racing the 2015 Boston Marathon as a member of the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired's Team With A Vision. This will be his second year racing the Boston Marathon with MABVI. When he isn't training for his next race, Thomas serves as President and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, an internationally accredited nonprofit that provides guide and service dogs - offering individuals and families greater independence.

In addition to running, Thomas serves as his wife Melissa's race car mechanic. As a member of the Porsche Club of America, he enjoys every moment spent torquing a wrench and changing the tires and brakes to keep their shiny black Cayman S in tip-top shape.

Prior to joining Guiding Eyes, Panek was the Vice President of Relationship Management at National Industries for the Blind in Virginia. He was responsible for providing leadership, management, and direction to the organization while diversifying and expanding employment opportunities for people who are blind. Panek lives in South Salem, New York with Melissa and their four children.

Scott Jurek

Scott Jurek (Guide)

The Washington Times named Scott Jurek one of the top runners of the decade, Runner’s World awarded him a Hero of Running, and UltraRunning Magazine named him Ultra Runner of the Year three times. In 2010, he set a new U.S. all-surface record in the 24-Hour Run with 165.7 miles—6.5 marathons in one day—for which he was named USA Today’s Athlete of the Week.

On his first attempt, in 2005, he set a course record in the Badwater Ultramarathon, 135 miles through the 130-degree heat of Death Valley. 2006 saw a repeat Badwater victory and his first of three wins at the Spartathlon in Greece, which traces the legendary run of the Greek herald Pheidippides from Athens to Sparta. Scott was the first North American winner of the Spartathlon and still holds the three fastest times on the course behind the legendary Yiannis Kouros. In 2007, he set a new course record at the Hardrock Hundred, a grueling course through Colorado’s San Juan Mountains featuring over 33,000 feet in cumulative elevation gain.

Scott makes his home near the peaks of Boulder, Colorado. When he isn’t running, he might be Nordic skiing, cycling, backpacking, doing trail maintenance, practicing yoga, or preparing vegan delicacies in his kitchen. Scott is an avid reader who draws inspiration from Native American traditions, the running warriors of ancient Greece, and the samurai code of Bushido. Scott feels that if he helps just one person heal themselves through diet and exercise, he will have won the race.

This year, Scott will be taking on a new challenge: racing the 119th Boston Marathon as a sighted guide on Team With A Vision.


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