PULASKI - Some students had a chance to shine in Pulaski.
More than 50 special needs students, from four school districts took part in the third annual Goody Triathlon.
These special needs students made a splash in Pulaski Monday, proving they were up for the challenge.
"All these kids have unique challenges that they face and so the whole philosophy is goal setting," said Kare Goodness.
Goodness is the gym teacher behind the triathlon. He's says the students trained for eight weeks.
And staying true to his name, he's spreading his philosophy of caring and goodness through this event.
"They learn that hard effort pays off," he said.
The triathlon has expanded beyond the Pulaski School district.
"This year we have Howard-Suamico, Antigo and Marion," said Goodness. "We also have a new thing where each student is paired with a mentor."
In this triathlon there's no official race time being kept. But it's still very competitive. The goal of this course? Just to get to the finish line.
"There are a lot of wet eyes at the finish line. You're just so proud of their accomplishments," said Goodness.
For Camille Davis, her goal was simple: try hard, and do better than last year.
"She came in dead last," said Therese Davis, her mother.
And with her buddy by her side the whole way, Davis met her goal.
"Great," said Davis, describing how she felt crossing the finish line. "I liked the swimming and biking the best."
"She's a strong-willed person anyways but this just reinforces it. You tell her, ‘Did you do the triathlon? Yes, you did. So you can do this!'" says her mom.
And each of the students finished like a champion.
Goodness says this year's race was an invitational.
He hopes more schools will join the triathlon next year.
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