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Whitney Burns ran the 26.2 miles in the Chevron Houston Marathon – her first-ever marathon – to raise money for JDRF. Her husband, Ryan, has Type 1 diabetes, and she was thrilled that she raised more than $6,500 for diabetes research. She was encouraged by Ryan and kids Jack, 5, and William, 1, who created supportive signs and t-shirts. Neighbors and friends Joy and Joe Kaplan, the McDavid family, and Dan Box and Alex Dailey were stationed on University Boulevard to cheer her on. Along the route, friend Allison Chavez and her family met her at several locations along with Whitney’s mom, who went to several mile markers. The Harbin family cheered her on from Kirby Drive. Whitney’s aunt, who has run the Houston and NYC marathons, came in from Austin – which was particularly special because she had never met Whitney’s youngest son because of Covid. “I felt so much love from so many people, and it really encouraged me to keep going strong!” Whitney wrote. “Every sign, every cheer, every hug was so encouraging and helped me achieve one more goal – a sub-4-hour time!” Whitney placed among the top 600 females.
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