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Bay Shore man finishes 15th in USA Paratriathlon National Championship

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Robert Rodriguez of Bay Shore was a top 20 finisher of the USA Paratriathlon National Championship in Long Beach, California this past weekend. 

Rodriguez is a right leg below knee amputee who was amputated at 10 months old due to a condition called Fibular Hemimelia, where part or all of the fibular bone is missing at birth. 

On Sunday, Rodriguez crossed the finish line at 1:21:18 after completing a 750-meter swim, 22-kilometer bike ride, and a five-kilometer run. 

He placed 15th out of 146 total participants.

credit: Facebook

“It started with a dream and a vision, I added some hard work and consistency and it unfolded better than I could imagine,” Rodriguez said in a Facebook post. “Grateful for all my support.” 

Aside from competing in triathlons and other obstacle courses, the Bay Shore native works in the prosthetic industry at East Coast Orthotics and Prosthetics and travels all over the country as a motivational speaker. 

He also plays on the U.S.A Amputee Soccer Team and founded “Limb Possible,” an organization with the goal to inspire, educate, and bring awareness to others about the amputee community. 

Part of his organization is the Stand Up Amputee Basketball Team that competes all over the U.S. 

Click here to learn more about Rodriquez and his story.

Top: Robert Rodriguez finishing the USA Paratriathlon National Championship. Photo courtesy of Rodriguez’s Facebook.