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As Nike’s newest spokesperson, 19-year-old Justin Gallegos is more than just a runner—he’s an inspiration. Gallegos is Nike’s first professional athlete with cerebral palsy, a condition that affects muscle coordination, making it difficult to walk.

Gallegos originally joined his high school cross-country team to improve his strength and coordination. But running soon became a lifestyle. Now a junior at the University of Oregon, Gallegos recently finished the Eugene Half Marathon in just over two hours. Next, he hopes to run in the
Chicago Marathon.

This isn’t the first time Gallegos has worked with Nike. The two have teamed up before to develop running shoes for people with disabilities.