Double amputee competes in Virginia Key triathlon

VIRGINIA KEY, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida man has overcome the odds and is serving as an inspiration for others.

Hector Picard, a double amputee, competed in a triathlon in Virginia Key, Sunday. The athlete is racing to raise funds for the Broward Children’s Center, and he dedicated his race to a 17-year-old patient at the facility.

Picard swam on his back and rode a specially outfitted bike while wearing a picture of the patient for whom he raced. “My advice to people is, if you see me going out there and having fun and exercising, there’s no reason you can’t do it,” he said. “Just find something that makes you happy, go all out and live life to the fullest.”

Picard is planning to compete in more than 25 triathlons this year and will dedicate each competition to a different child.

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