Prior to the 2017 Boston Marathon, Guiding Eyes for the Blind announced that two puppies would be named after the race winners.
Recently, the two puppies who were born within days of Marathon Monday on April 24 were introduced to the world. Edna and Geoffrey, named after Edna Kiplagat and Geoffrey Kirui, the 2017 Boston winners, are seven-week-old black Labrador retrievers.
Geoffrey and Edna are guide dogs in training and will be assessed at eight-weeks-old, according to Competitor, before moving to a volunteer home for 12 months. The New York-based organization provides trained guide dogs to people who are visually impaired at no cost.
“It came to mind as a really special way to recognize what dogs can do for people,” the CEO of the non-profit, Thomas Panek, told Boston.com in April. “We hope that it will bring awareness for what these dogs can do for people, helping them stay healthy and active.” Panek himself finished the 2017 Boston Marathon.
Perhaps one day the puppies will be as fast as their namesakes.