Metallica still ranks as one of Justin’s favorite bands. “I’ll look at my Garmin and say, we’re not gonna make it for the entire run, trying to get him to slow down,” Brent said.Gallegos had served as an ambassador for Nike for two years—and worked with them on developing the FlyEase shoes, with zippers to make them easier to put on and take off—before the company presented him with the contract. He’s already registered for his first ultramarathon, a 50K in Eugene in December.Gallegos first set his sights on the full marathon immediately after the half in Eugene. He was back running again two days later.His pace has also improved significantly, from an average of 11- or 12-minute miles to closer to 9-minute miles. He’s excited to take on the “world-famous” course. So they reached out to the coach, and Brent joined his son for about 90 percent of his training.“That’s how it started,” Brent said. This commenting section is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page. Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. “You and I might be able to quick-step it and catch ourselves, but that’s not going to work for him.”Fortunately, race organizers will allow them to start in the back of the sub-elite pack. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at Though the moment came as a surprise to him, his parents had reviewed the deal beforehand, Brent said. Justin Gallegos, a runner with cerebral palsy, plans to run the 2019 Chicago Marathon, race organizers announced on Thursday. The Oregon senior completed his first half marathon in May 2018 and finished the 13.1-mile course in two hours and threes minutes. His next goal is to complete 26.2 miles at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. All Rights Reserved.

Brent’s hope is that they can stick to the side, allowing faster runners from later waves plenty of room to pass.The pair, plus another pacer they’ll meet in Chicago, plan to travel at about a 9-minute pace—that is, if Brent can hold his son back—for a four-hour finish, though Gallegos said he’s focused most on finishing strong, physically and mentally.That the Chicago Marathon comes the day after Kipchoge will once again Though he might not be able to stay up to observe the attempt, it still serves to inspire and motivate him. Last month, he traveled to New York to promote an event called STEPtember, which raised money for the On that New York trip, Brent had a revelation. “But no matter your level of severeness, you shouldn’t let it stop you from going out and doing things.”He knows that, unlike other pro runners, he will likely never race in a Diamond League meet or even compete at the Paralympics (his times on the track aren’t up to the standards for his classification). Runner's World participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites. “When we go run a marathon, the same number of strides that it’s going to take me, it’s going to take him at least 25 percent more.”That idea—that Gallegos pursues big goals despite inherent obstacles—may explain why his story resonates with so many. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is a registered trademark of ABG-SI LLC. He and Brent have both been following a plan devised from pieces of a On average, Justin ran 45 to 50 miles a week, with a During the few weeks he spent at home in California, and on joint trips to New York and Flagstaff, he and Brent ran together. “If he tangles his foot with somebody, he’s going to go down,” Brent said. When he expressed a desire to play football in high school, his father convinced him that cross country might pose less risk. “I’m okay with that,” he said, now that he’s turned his focus largely from the track to the marathon—and beyond. © 2020 ABG-SI LLC.