Justin Gallegos Creates History After Becoming The First Ever Nike Athlete With Cerebral Palsy
A runner known as Justin “Magic” Gallegos has made history after he was unveiled as the first ever Nike Athlete with cerebral palsy.
Nike surprised the unsuspecting Oregon sophomore at the end of his first ever half marathon - the Eugene Half Marathon - which he completed in an impressive time of two hours, three minutes, and 49 seconds.
Cameras were present not only to capture his race, but the historic moment - scroll down for the video - he was handed the three-year contract, with an understandably emotional Gallegos applauded by all those present.
A jubilant Gallegos later took to Instagram to describe the feeling of becoming the company’s first ever professional athletic with cerebral palsy, a neurological muscular disorder that affects movement and coordination.
“Today on world Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day, I reached a milestone in my running journey!
“Today I made Nike history and became the very first athlete with Cerebral Palsy to sign a contract with Nike!
“You don’t realize how realistic and emotional your dreams are until they play out before your very eyes!
“Signing this contract was a huge success for me and I would not have made it without my friends and family and teammates!”
Gallegos would go on to describe the moment as the most emotional in his seven years as a runner, and the progress he has made, while he’s set his sights on breaking the two-hour barrier in the half marathon.
Gallegos had previously worked with Nike Sports Lab to create a customised shoe which would help improve his running, and so the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 FlyEase was born, which he used during his first half marathon.