The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) announced the 2012 Junior Race Director and Patient Champions Wednesday.
“We’ve been honored to have Texas Scottish Rite Hospital as the primary beneficiary of our race since 1997,” said Marcus Grunewald, executive director of the Dallas Marathon. “Patient families from the hospital have shown us overwhelming support for the last two decades. Our runners tell us raising money to support the hospital’s great work makes this race special.”
Each year, one TSRHC patient serves as the Junior Race Director, representing thousands of children treated at the hospital each year. The role includes helping participants and sponsors understand how TSRHC benefits from the support of friends like the Dallas Marathon. On race day, the Junior Race Director counts down the official race start.
This year’s Junior Race Director is 10-year-old Christopher Tracht from Grapevine, Texas. Christopher is a prosthetics patient at the hospital, born with a fibular hemimelia in November 2001, meaning he was missing his fibula bone in his lower left leg. He has been a patient at the hospital since he was two weeks old. His courageous attitude, thirst for outdoor activities and infectious smile make him the perfect hospital ambassador as this year’s Junior Race Director.
Scottish Rite Hospital and the Dallas Marathon also announced the following children as Patient Champions for 2012: Korban Best, a patient treated for his hand andupper limb difference who is very involved with TSRHC’s “Learn to Golf” program and the KidSwing golf tournament; Cauy Metcalf, a patient treated with an Ilizarov (external fixator) to strengthen his femur who has made a full recovery and is now an avid basketball and tennis player; Whitnee Gray, a patient treated for scoliosis who is also a dancer, able to return to dancing a quick two months after surgery; Nate Loeffelholz, a patient treated for clubfoot whose father was inspired to run the half and full marathons the last three years and plans to run the 2012 race; and Joy Jeffries, a patient treated for infantile scoliosis whose father also participated in last year’s race and will run the 2012 race in support of Joy.
“It is truly our pleasure to be involved each year with the Dallas Marathon through our Junior Race Director and Patient Champions,” said Bob Walker, President and CEO at TSRHC. “The marathon has contributed more than $2.8 million to support general patient care at the hospital in the last fifteen years, and we’re excited and grateful for what 2012 and the future holds.”
For the first time, the 2012 half marathon course will run directly next to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital along Oak Lawn Avenue. Registration for the Dallas Marathon is capped at 6,000 marathon participants, 13,000 half-marathon participants and 6,000 relay participants.
For more information on the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon or to register to become a fundraiser, visit dallasmarathon.com. For more information on Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, visit tsrh.org.
About the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon
The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon is a flat and fast race, featuring a scenic coursethat highlights the best areas of Dallas including the landmark Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava. The race is Texas’ oldest running marathon and serves as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. Race activities occur the second weekend of each December and include a two-day Health and Fitness Expo, the Mayor’s Race 5K presented by Cigna and Oncor, and the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay, and SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge presented by Behringer Harvard. The Dallas Marathon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; the primary beneficiary of proceeds from race weekend is Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit dallasmarathon.com.
About Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation's leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family's ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.