University of Oregon junior and club runner Justin Gallegos lives with cerebral palsy, but that hasn’t stopped him from aspiring to break the two-hour barrier in a half marathon.
Nike’s insight director John Douglass showed up at practice to surprise Gallegos with a three-year professional running contract, making him Nike’s first-ever professional athlete with cerebral palsy.
Elevation 0m released a moving video of Gallegos receiving the news on Saturday — World Cerebral Palsy Day — that has since gone viral.
Justin Gallegos lives with cerebral palsy — a condition that affects body movement and muscle coordination — but that hasn’t stopped the Oregon junior from pursuing his dream of breaking the two-hour barrier in a half marathon.
According to Anne Francis of Running Magazine, Gallegos used a walker as a child, but he was able to improve his gait enough to walk without one after physical therapy treatment. As a freshman in high school, the Santa Clarita, California native began running for the cross country team and strove to run with the UO Track Club in college.
Seven years later, Gallegos signed a three-year running contract with Nike to become the brand’s first professional athlete with cerebral palsy.
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