How the Miracle Match Marathon Began

Back before there were Gu Gels and Dri-Fit underwear, Waco Firefighter C.W. Whorton ran marathons. Then one 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. Thus, 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 while you are running.

Today the Waco FD continues to support the Marrow Donor Program. And through its Be the Match Registry FOUR of Waco’s own have actually donated to patients in need of this lifesaving treatment. Come on guys, its not enough that you pull people from burning buildings for a living? This is really gonna make the rest of us look bad…

But enough about them. How about the race??

The Miracle Match Marathon has found its niche as “The Toughest in Texas; No Bull”. We’ve got hills. We’ve got a race distance for everyone and every level. We’ve got more hills. 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. Not 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…


A picture’s worth a thousand words, but after miles of hills, some can’t be said in public… Wait till you see yours.

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