SAN DIEGO (WKOW) -- Hundreds of people turned out to push their limits at the Spring Sprint Triathlon in California Sunday. Among them was first-time triathlete, Heaven Vallejos.
The 10-year-old took to the course with one mission: to kick butt.
Her dad, Frank, watched on, excited but scared for his little girl. It was scary because Heaven can't see. She was born blind and had to totally trust her race guide to get her across the finish line.
Heaven started running in the Fall when she joined her school's Cross Country team. Her dad says since then her confidence has sky-rocketed, Heaven says sometimes practicing can be painful.
"Coach helps me out," Heaven says. "[I] ran into a fence accidentally because I thought he said a different direction than he said."
Not long ago, Heaven told a local news team she wanted to be a triathlete. A viewer called the race director of the Spring Sprint who called The Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Blind Stoker Club. They flew Heaven and her family out to the race so she could tackle her dream head-on.
Heaven couldn't see the cheering crowds when she crossed the finish line, but she doesn't that doesn't make a difference.
"It didn't matter," she said. "It never does."
In the future, Heaven dreams of being a paralympian, but for now she's happy running where ever there's somebody to lead her.
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