Clifford Wilburn White, 1959 Manila High School graduate and current resident of Columbus, Ga., ran the Dublin, Ireland, marathon on Oct. 29, 2001, in four hours 29 minutes. Some 14,000 runners participated in the marathon from all over the world. At age 61, this was White's first marathon, although he has been a runner for years. A six- month training program preceding the race was provided by Jeff Galloway, a former United States marathon Olympian.
White ran for "Joints in Motion," a program developed by the Arthritis Foundation to raise funds for research to find the cause and cure of arthritis and provide services to those afflicted with arthritis. He raised in excess of $8,000 for this worthy cause. White ran in honor of his late grandmother, Bernie Cockrum, who was severely afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis.
White and his wife, Kay, spent two weeks touring Ireland, a beautiful country filled with lush greenery, mountains, rugged shorelines, quaint villages and ancient castles and cathedrals. They found the Irish people to be very friendly and hospitable.
White has decided to participate in the 2002 "Joints In Motion" marathon in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Athens, Greece or Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to significantly improving his running time, he looks forward to helping such a worthy cause as the Arthritis Foundation.