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Not Your Average Marathon: 5 Brilliant Stories This Week

Including a winning Halloween costume and a very lucky calf
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2016 5:14 AM CST

(Newser) – In a week that included Halloween (and one particularly awesome costume) and a historic World Series victory, here are five inspiring stories that stood out:

  • 'The Juslims' Win Halloween: Two California 13-year-olds, one Muslim and one Jewish, were talking about what their religions have in common when they came up with the idea for a superhero team. That idea turned into a Halloween costume that pretty much won the internet this year.
  • Mom Runs Half-Marathon With Triplets in Tow: Suzy Goodwin, 35, ran the Fayetteville, North Carolina, Halloween Half Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 1 minute, and 19 seconds—a respectable time by any measure. But Goodwin wasn't just running a regular race—she was also pushing 120 pounds in front of her. And one of the most difficult parts of her record-setting accomplishment may not be what you think.

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  • She Was Once Called 'Monster.' Now She's a Trailblazer: A woman once called a "monster" when her parents tried to enroll her in nursery school has just achieved a longtime dream: running her own nursery school class in Argentina as Latin America's first teacher with Down syndrome. Noelia Garella, 31, who teaches an early-reading class to 2- and 3-year-olds in Cordoba, says she's harbored the teaching bug "since I was little." But, as Inside Edition puts it, her job "didn't come without controversy."
  • Why This 2-Faced Calf Has the Perfect Name: Lucky the two-faced calf, who lives on a Campbellsville, Ky., farm, is the result of a rare genetic mutation that at first had owners Brandy and Stan McCubbin doing a double-take when she was born in mid-September. "From a distance, I thought I had twins lying together," Stan told WDRB at the time. "Then when I saw her, I was just completely blown away." And she recently hit a big milestone.
  • One Cubs Fan Spent Game 7 in Dark Cemetery: Hours before the Chicago Cubs took the field for the final game of a historic World Series, 68-year-old Wayne Williams Jr. made the 650-mile drive from his home in North Carolina to Indiana to keep a promise to his father. "We had a pact," Williams explains, before going on to make a prediction that truly "channels" his dad.
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