Back before there were Gu Gels and Dri-Fit underwear, Waco Firefighter C.W. Whorton ran marathons. Then one day he got the idea to host a marathon in Waco. Who knew where it would lead?
Wharton finally got the ball rolling in 2004 along with fellow firefighters Wade Durbin and Joe Singer and named the Scott & White Marrow Donor Program as the race's beneficiary. This, the "Miracle Match" Marathon was born. Get it? Matching donors and recipients? We're not a dating service, despite our name... although you never know who you might meet at mile 18.
The MIracle Match Marathon has found its niche as "The Toughest in Texas; No Bull". We've got hills. We've got cash prizes. We've got more hills. We've got windjackets for the Fill and technicals for the half. Oh yes, and we've got a few more hills. Texas-sized medals hand cut by a Waco Fire Fighter who donated stem cells and saved the life of a complete stranger through Be the Match, our cause. And best of all we've got tough firefighters from all over this great state running in their turnout gear. And by the way... did we mention the hills?
Oh, and we almost forgot to mention FREE margaritas, beer, wine, fajitas and live music at the finish. Nor one beer ticket like other races. Nope, we offer you a Texas size party for your Texas size finish. Plus the Texas size Bragging Rights. That's just a bonus...
What we DON'T have is big city prices or big city race crowds... AND IT'S ALL ABOUT SAVING LIVES!!