Blind young cross country runner inspires allLoading
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    Heaven Vallejos, 9, left, runs alongside her coach Norman Aston, right, near the end of the race.
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  • BLIND RUNNER
    Heaven Vallejos, 9, left, runs alongside her coach Norman Aston.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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    Coach Norman Alston runs alongside Heaven at the start of the cross country race.
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    Heaven, right, rushes off holding hands with friend Alyah Hernandez.
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    Heaven Vallejos, 9, runs in the cross country race between Mountain View and Copper Hills Elementary schools.
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    Heaven Vallejos, 9, background, uses her arms to keep away from other runners at the start of the cross country race between Mountain View and Copper Hills Elementary schools.
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    Heaven is all smiles after running her race.
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    Heaven waits patiently while being interviewed by media before the start.
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    Heaven Vallejos, 9, who is blind, smiles before the start.
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    Heaven is held by her mother Susan Gonzales after the race.
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    Heaven gets hugs from members of the Copper Hills team.
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    Heaven Vallejos receives hugs from her cross country teammates before the start.
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    Heaven Vallejos, 9, left, hugs her coach Norman Aston, right, before the start of the race.
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    Susan Gonzales, left, greets her daughter Heaven at the end of the race.
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    Heaven is lifted and hugged by her long-time Braille teacher Lisa Fiorentino, after her race.
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Heaven Vallejos, a fourth grader at Mountain View Elementary, and member of her team’s cross country runner, and completely blind, is an inspiration to her teammates, her entire school and everyone she meets.
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