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San Jose Triathlete Makes Most Of Second Chance

By Garvin Thomas
|  Wednesday, May 8, 2013  |  Updated 10:09 AM PDT
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Jeff Schmidt just missed accomplishing his dream by a matter of minutes. He's so glad he did.

Jeff Schmidt just missed accomplishing his dream by a matter of minutes. He's so glad he did.

In the world of Ironman triathlons, just crossing the finish line, doesn't make you a finisher.

There are time limits imposed on the athletes who tackle the the 2.4-mile swim, the 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run. In the case of the Kona 2012 Ironman World Championship, that time limit is 17 hours.

It's a goal Jeff Schmidt missed by just 20 minutes. He is glad he did.

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What Jeff didn't know at the time was that his remarkable story of determination and second chances was going to get him noticed.

Jeff is now making sure that leads to something good for other challenged athletes.

Watch Garvin Thomas' story above.

If you would like to contribute to the Challenge For Kids, go to www.ChallengedAthletes.org/GU

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