"Last place winners"

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Posted by Johnsons in Pullman on May 04, 1998 at 08:08:35:

The minute Garin (my multi-handicapped teenage son) and his
friend and aide Ken Capes came home they waved their T-Shirt
victoriously shouting "yes, yes!" Garin couldn't have
felt more like a winner if he finished first place instead of
last. Garin completed the entire course cheered on by Ken (who orginally had
signed came to Bloomsday to compete, but opted to stay by
Garin to help him finish). Garin had competed "Special Olympics" event at EWU
the day before & was feeling the real spirit of Bloomsday!"
Ken has no regrets helping his pal see the race through
even though by the time they reached the finish line it had
taken over 4 hours! Fortunately there were 2 people left to take their
number give them a T-shirt! You can't tell by Garin's and
Ken's attitude that there is any less feeling of accomplish-
ment - Like Bruce Jenner said... "it's about just finishing
and getting that T-shirt!"

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