Iowa high school senior Wendy Flores recently joined Dubuque Senior High School’s cross-country team and she’s loving it. The legally blind 17-year-old is the first visually impaired runner they’ve had, but she hasn’t let that slow her down.
Before she began high school, Flores wrote out a bucket list for her next four years and joining the cross-country team was on it. She runs connected to a guide runner with a tether so she has a teammates eyes to help her stay on course.
“When I’m running, I feel proud and strong like I can finish the run,” Flores explains. “I just feel the breeze and enjoy the run. Like nobody else has done before.”