Post-injury IDF vet completes Tel-Aviv marathon - with service dog

IDF veteran Assaf Dahan was able to complete the grueling Tel-Aviv marathon run despite having lost his leg in army service with grit, and the help of his service-dog Chewy.

February 25, 2019 09:13
Post-injury IDF vet completes Tel-Aviv marathon - with service dog

Asaf Refael Dahan and his dog Chewy . (photo credit: HAGAY HACOHEN)


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The demanding 42 kilometer Marathon run is a challenge for most people, so when IDF veteran Dahan was able to complete the Tel-Aviv run on Friday he was lauded and cheered by those around him.

He was able to complete the run despite losing his leg during army service with the help of his service dog Chewy.

Speaking on Channel 12 morning edition, Dahan explained his rigorous training program.

“I began with asking the local supermarket to give me a shopping-cart and I began running pushing that,” he said, he quickly switched to Chewy after making sure the dog was given plenty of time to cool off after workouts.

“I thought it might be a good idea to give him shoes,” he said, “but he was having a hard time cooling off with them so I gave up on that idea.”

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