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Blind 10-Year Old Girl Competes In Triathlon

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10-year old Heaven Vallejos ran, swam and biked in her first ever triathlon, and if that is not an accomplishment on its own she did it all while visually impaired.

FOX's Kristina Le has the inspiring story.

A 100 yard swim three mile bike ride and three quarter mile run. Those are the tasks at hand for 10-year old Vallejo when she takes on the Itsy-Bitsy Triathlon at the Spring Sprint Sunday morning at Mission Bay.

"I'm probably gonna kick some butt," she said.

During her first ever-triathlon she'll be accompanied by a volunteer from the blind stoker`s club to swim, bike and run with her as the 10-year old is visually impaired.

Heaven's father, Frank Vallejos, says the 10-year old began running at school before entering her first marathon last year in Sacramento. That's when her confidence skyrocketed.

"I can't put it into words how it makes me feel. It blows my mind how much she's accomplished," Frank said. "They just want to be like anybody else, and play like anybody else and do the same things."

Heaven's been practicing for Sunday’s event in her hometown of Fresno, California.

"I've been running on the treadmill a lot. 2.6 miles, swim lessons... I went bicycling for my vacation and running on the treadmill," she said.

Perhaps this triathlon will bring her closer to her big dreams of being a paraolympian.

"I guess I can say I'm the proudest dad on the planet,” Frank said.

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