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Blind Fort Worth Man Conquers Cowtown Half Marathon

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Dennis Lynch, a blind man from Fort Worth, ran the Cowtown half marathon on Sunday, Feb. 23 (credit: CBS 11 News)

Dennis Lynch, a blind man from Fort Worth, ran the Cowtown half marathon on Sunday, Feb. 23 (credit: CBS 11 News)

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FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - Today’s Cowtown race had a very special meaning for a duo whose mission was not so much a fast time stamp, but a message.

Dennis Lynch, a blind employee at the Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth, ran the half marathon with the help of his guide John Myers.

Lynch and his guide tell CBS 11 that despite life’s restrictions, a little hard work and assistance goes a long way.

“The main thing the main focus is to represent the blind community here in Texas. We all blind folks can do sports like sighted  folks do. We just need a little bit of assistance,” Lynch said.

Lynch says despite being blind, he set out to prove the old saying “When there is a will there is a way.” This is the first time either of them competed in a half marathon.

“The biggest hurdle we’ve had to face is getting used to the newness of it,” Myers said, who is an osteopathic student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

The two met when Myers reached out to the Lighthouse for the Blind  specifically to find a visually impaired person he could train and guide in a marathon.

Myers and Lynch were among the tens of thousands running the Cowtown marathon and other races, and had been training for the race since November.

A guide rope attached to both of them was used 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,” Lynch said.

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

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