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Local student born without femurs set to tackle a marathon

Baylor University sophomore Ricardo Benitez, who was born with a condition called femur hypoplasia is set to tackle what will pretty much be a one-man marathon this weekend (Photo by Christy Soto)
Baylor University sophomore Ricardo Benitez, who was born with a condition called femur hypoplasia is set to tackle what will pretty much be a one-man marathon this weekend (Photo by Christy Soto)(KWTX)
Published: Apr. 23, 2020 at 6:18 PM CDT
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Baylor University sophomore Ricardo Benitez, who was born with a condition called femur hypoplasia is set to tackle what will pretty much be a one-man marathon this weekend

“It's basically a fancy word to say, I don’t have femur bones in both of my legs,” Benitez said.

But he hasn’t let that get in the way of pursuing his dreams of becoming a football coach.

Benitez played football in high school and now is a part of the Baylor football team, which is something people told him he would never be able to do.

So he decided to take on another challenge; running a marathon.

"I have an ability to run and even though it may not be the same mobility or ability as people around me it’s an ability I have and I am going to use that gift to its full potential,” Benitez said.

He was set to run the Silo District Marathon this Sunday, but due to COVID-19 the race was canceled, but that isn’t stopping him.

“I am still going to run it, I am not going to let that stop me,” Benitez said.

Benitez plans to run the marathon this Saturday starting at 4 a.m. around the River Walk.

“Twenty six point two miles is going to be difficult for anyone, but running a marathon without femur bones I can’t Google that and get a template for training,” Benitez said.

What some might see as setbacks, he sees as opportunities.

“In my head, I will just think of all the times when I felt like I couldn’t do something, I’m going to keep fighting because I know I can do this,” Benitez said.

“There’s a time you are going to want to give up but keep fighting, keep pursuing the horizon,” he said.

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