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One of Chile’s Top Competitive Runners is A Blind and Determined Latina

Margarita Faúndez, who has been blind since she was a child, is making waves in the running community…

She’s been training and competing for seven years as a runner for the Chilean national team.

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And she is pretty damn good. Faúndez has competed in tournaments and races all around the world from her home Chile to Qatar. ?

Her dream is finally in sight as she trains for the Rio de Janiero Paralympic Games in 2016.

She is quickly becoming one of Chile’s biggest athletic stars.

So, how is she able to run around a track while blind? With the help of a guide.

Faúndez and her guide stay connected using a small rope.

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This ensures that Faúndez doesn’t go off track.

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Despite her success, Faúndez never thought she would be a competitive runner. She credits her boyfriend, Alejandro Arellano for helping her make it.

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Arellano, another Paralympics hopeful who is partially blind, encouraged Faúndez to keep going when she felt like giving up.

Faúndez admits that the journey has been tough, but her family and faith keep her going.

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“I’ve always believed in God, my parents were an example, they raised me in a Christian family,” Faúndez said on Mormon.org. “We are not perfect, but we make an effort to be someday.”

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