STEMM Academy Student Making National Headlines

Ben Baltz, a sixth grade student at the Okaloosa STEMM Academy is making national headlines after his prosthetic leg broke last weekend during the Sea Turtle Tri which included a 150-yard swim, a 4-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run -- all back to back.

What makes this story extra special?

As reported by CNN iReport, “There wasn't a dry eye in the crowd when a group of marines picked up Ben Baltz and carried him across the finish line. The 11-year-old was racing in a triathlon when his prosthetic leg broke in half. If you've ever doubted your abilities or stopped yourself from going the extra mile, then you need to meet Ben Baltz.”

Baltz has been competing in running races for about a year – this was his sixth race. He was upset when he stopped at the half-way point, at the water table, and his leg broke.

“The Marines picked me up and started running,” said Baltz.

All that seemed to matter was that he finished the race.

Click here to read the story as reported by HLN and CNN iReport. Tune into HLN’s Evening Express on Thursday from 4-6 p.m. to hear more from Baltz.

Click here to follow Ben Baltz’s story on Caring Bridge.