For Nike, the goal was to break 2 hours in the marathon. For Justin Gallegos, a member of the running club at the University of Oregon, the goal was to break 2 hours in a half marathon. While both have yet to be achieved, one recent milestone occurred: Nike signed Gallegos, who has Cerebral Palsy, to a professional contract.

A powerful film, released Saturday on World Cerebral Palsy Day, commemorated the emotional moment when Nike product insights director for running footwear, John Truax, informed Gallegos of the company’s intention to make him one of the brand’s official athletes. Surrounded and supported by his club teammates and runners from rival Oregon State University, Gallegos was, unsurprisingly, overwhelmed and excited about the offer.

Posting to Instagram, Gallegos said that “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. I was once a kid in leg braces who could barely put one foot in front of the other. Now I have signed a three-year contract with Nike Running.”

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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! 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 lead me here along with a few permanent scars! But the journey is damn sure not over!!! Looking back, I would guess there is only a few select people who would see me were I am today! I have gone through just about everything in the book to be where I am today! I was once a kid in leg braces who could barely put on foot in front of the other! Now I have signed a three year contract with Nike Running! Trust the process! And most of all trust in God! God is good! Thank you to all my friends, family, and teammates on running club, and now a brand new atmosphere on teammates with Nike! This moment will live forever! Thank you everyone for helping show the world that there is No Such Thing As A Disability! #ProfessionalAthlete #SWOOSH #Nike72 #NikeTrackandField #NikeXC #ThereIsNoFinishLine #StrongerEveryMile #NoSuchThingAsADisability #NikeRunning #Limitless #Breaking2 Video Credits: @elevation0m

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This is not the first time that Nike and Gallegos have joined forces. According to SI, the Oregon junior worked with the brand to develop the Pegasus 35 FlyEase, a shoe that assists runners with disabilities.

The film was produced by Eugene, Ore.-based creative agency Elevation 0m.

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