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White Rock More Than a Marathon



    Kids and adults alike benefit from Dallas' annual marathon. (Published Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010)

    The 41st annual White Rock Marathon brought out a record 22,000 participants who braved cold temperatures to take part in the annual run benefitting the Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.

    Robert Bumpass, 10, is a patient at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital and knows how important the marathon is to the hospital and kids like him.

    "It's so they can like, get paid, so they can like, it raises money for all the children here," Robert said.

    For mother's like Irene Leal, it also means getting the care her daughter needs.

    "Last year we were so close to losing her. It's a big, 'Thank you,' because you have no idea how much that hospital means for our children," said Leal.

    So far, the race has raised more than $1 million for Scottish Rite and they hoped to donate $500,000 from this years race.

    The children aren't the only ones who benefit.  For Barb Gardner, the hours of training her husband put toward preparing for the run also knocked a life-changing 60 pounds off of his body.

    "He has lots of energy. He's very determined. Like cookies, I'm a Girl Scout mom and he has no cookies," said Gardner. "He's come along way and he's not going to go back. Its definitely something that's going to stick with him."

    And that same motivation has Robert hoping he and his dad will be in the race next year.  Though dad said he's motivated, his son jokingly told him, "I wouldn't say run, I'd say jog, because I don't think you're capable."

    As for the winners of the 26.2 mile race, James Kirwa was the first to cross the finish line with a time of just over two hours. Camille Herron finished in just under three hours to become the first woman to cross the finish line.