Goody Triathlon held in Pulaski
By Rich Palzewic
PULASKI – It wasn’t about times or placing at the 9th annual Goody Triathlon May 10 in Pulaski – it was all about finishing and having a good time.
Mother Nature cooperated with sunny skies and light winds for the annual event that paired special-needs athletes with a student volunteer/mentor from area high schools.
Athletes from 14 area schools in 10 school districts participated.
Howard-Suamico, Bonduel, Ashwaubenon, Shawano, Freedom, West De Pere, Southern Door, Green Bay and the Menominee Indian districts were present.
The Goody consisted of a 150-yard swim inside Pulaski Middle School, which was followed by either a 5-kilometer or 10-kilometer bike ride.
Participants ended with a run/walk through the village of Pulaski before finishing at Saputo Field at the high school.
The Goody Triathlon got its name from Kare Goodness, who is an adaptive physical education teacher in Pulaski.
Goodness started the event as a way for his students to learn about goal setting and how to train in small steps to reach their goal.
Before the first triathlon, the staff and students brainstormed names and came up with the name “Goody.”
Between the athletes, mentors and staff, some schools had upwards of 60 participants.
“It was an amazing day,” said Bay Port senior Jake Plummer, who has been a mentor all four years of his high school career. “All of the kids did an amazing job. The best part was seeing all of the smiles on their faces when they crossed the finish line. Doing the Goody Triathlon is one thing I am going to really miss. Over the past four years, being able to participate as a mentor for the kids was phenomenal. I couldn’t be prouder of how much all the kids have grown. It’s a fantastic event for everyone to participate in.”