DAYTON — Vandalia donor Stephen Wirick finished 2015 strong by running his 100th marathon and then on Tuesday, Dec. 30 making his milestone 200th blood donation. His wife Carol is more a jogger than a marathoner on the roads, but she sprinted past Stephen in the Community Blood Center Donor Room by completing her 199th lifetime donation faster than he could reach the finish line.
Stephen still has a slight edge in lifetime donations. But the Wiricks are both platelet donors and on Tuesday Carol not only donated faster, she also made a double platelet donation to Stephen’s single donation.
That surprised Stephen, who had said, “I’ll probably finish first because I’ll do a single and she’ll do a double.” In a show of good sportsmanship, Carol said, “Well, I started a couple of minutes earlier than he did.”
The Wiricks are both members of the Ohio River Road Runners Club, but while Carol is content to run 5K races, Stephen seeks out standard marathons (26.2 miles) and even longer races. “I mostly do ultramarathon, which are anywhere from 30 to 100 miles,” he said.
He ran his total to 102 marathons in November with the JFK 50 Mile Memorial in Maryland. But the ultramarathon journey to his 200th blood donation began when he was a young man. “I think I’ve been giving since college,” he said. “About my first 70 donations were whole blood. One day they asked if I wanted to give platelets and I’ve been doing it ever since then.”