MIAMI - A Puerto Rican man ran the Miami Half-Marathon backwards Sunday to draw attention to the plight of Puerto Rico, which is struggling to recover after Hurricane Maria.
Jorge Cruz, 34, finished the 13.1 mile route in 1 hour, 47 minutes and 12 seconds. Out of the more than 14,000 runners competing in the half-marathon, Cruz placed 1,361 -- not bad for going the wrong way.
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His friend Victor Vazquez ran (frontways) along with Cruz to make sure he stayed safe.
Cruz, who ran the 5K race Saturday with his girlfriend, is hoping to set a Guinness world record.
The pair have been running races backwards for almost 10 years.
They said they want to raise consciousness to a world that sometimes seems to do things "backwards."
Backwards running -- also called reverse running, retro running or retro locomotion -- isn't unheard of. Some people tout its physical benefits because it works different muscles than forward running. The United Kingdom has held several backward running championships.
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