Justin Gallegos became the first athlete with cerebral palsy to sign a contract with Nike. (Justin Gallegos on Instagram)

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Nike Signs Pro Runner With Cerebral Palsy to Surprise Contract

Justin Gallegos runs in custom-made Nikes and can clock a just-above-seven-minute mile.

Crossing the finish line at the 2018 Eugene Half Marathon in Eugene, Oregon, in April, runner Justin Gallegos notched a major victory.

But Gallegos achieved another, even bigger milestone this week: On a number of social media channels including his own, it was announced Gallegos, a student at the University of Oregon, has signed a professional contract with Nike.

What makes that especially noteworthy is that Gallegos has cerebral palsy.

By inking the contract, Gallegos is now the first Nike-sponsored athlete with the condition.

Gallegos who used a walker to assist him until he was in kindergarten, runs in a pair of custom-made Nike running shoes and can clock a just-above-seven-minute mile.

“You don’t realize how realistic and emotional your dreams are until they play out before your very eyes,” wrote in an Instagram post announcing the deal. “Signing this contract was a huge success for me and I would not have made it without my friends and family and teammates! This was perhaps the most emotional moment in my seven years of running! Growing up with a disability, the thought of becoming a professional athlete is as I have said before like the thought of climbing Mt. Everest! It is definitely possible, but the odds are most definitely not in your favor! Hard work pays off! Hundreds of miles, blood, sweat, and tears has led me here along with a few permanent scars! But the journey is damn sure not over!!”

Here’s a video that pieces together what happened when Gallegos found out about the contract on Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day.

Read the full story at Running Magazine