Manila grad competes in Greece

Friday, November 29, 2002

Clifford Wilburn White, Manila High School graduate, Class of 1959, ran a marathon (26.2 miles) in Athens, Greece, on Nov. 3, 2002. He completed the marathon in four hours and 23 minutes.

There were over 2,000 runners from all over the world who participated in the marathon. First, second and third place winners were from Kenya, Africa, completing the race in two hours and 18 minutes.

The Athens marathon course completed by Wilburn began in Marathon, Greece, and ended inside the Olympic Stadium in Athens. This is the same course that will be run during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. The stadium is built entirely of white marble and was the site of the first modern Olympics in 1898 and will be used again in 2004.

White was a member of the Arthritis Foundation's "joints in Motion" running team. He raised over $4,500 for the Arthritis Foundation in 2002.

White ran in memory of his beloved aunt, Alma Ashabranner White (deceased) of Manila.

"Although Aunt Alma suffered greatly from rheumatoid arthritis, she never complained. She always had a great attitude and a warm and friendly smile for everyone," White said.

White now lives in Seagrove Beach, Fla.

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