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Born without hand, leg, 16-year-old aims for Spartan Race

Above watch: Jeffrey Beausoleil is about to attempt something extraordinary for any 16-year-old — a Spartan Race. What makes it even more incredible? He was born without a right leg or a right hand. Billy Shields has more.

MONTREAL — Jeffrey Beausoleil is about to attempt something extraordinary for any 16-year-old — a Spartan Race.

What makes it even more incredible? He was born without a right leg or a right hand.

Standing before about 100 students at Edinburgh School in Montreal, he fielded a battery of questions.

Was he bullied in school? Can he kick a ball? How fast can he run?

To the last question, he gave a matter-of-fact response:

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“I can run faster than other people.”

On Monday morning, Beausoleil showed off his training regimen at Rugby Park in Montreal West.

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The Spartan Race is a 5km event scheduled for May 23 in Mont Tremblant.

The Shriner’s Hospital, where Beausoleil is a patient, is a charity sponsor.

Students at the school, like sixth-grader Logan Donato, were amazed.

“It shows he’s just like everybody else,” Donato said.

“I think he’s very courageous.”

His mother, Isabelle Grenier, is understandably proud.

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“It’s amazing he keeps his training up,” she said.

“He continues even despite how hard it must be for him.”