03:17 AM CST on Monday, December 10, 2007

Barefoot marathoner runs to help others

Sunday's White Rock was the 51st marathon that 51-year-old Rick Roeber has run. It was the 33rd consecutive marathon that Roeber has run barefoot.

"I was hoping for a little more rain," he said. "I like to play in the puddles."

Roeber, who attended Arlington Sam Houston High School and now lives in Lee's Summit, Mo., finished in 3:49:08. But he was more concerned about a cause than his time.

Roeber was running to help raise funds and awareness for Free Wheelchair Mission, a nonprofit organization that provides wheelchairs for people in Third World countries.

Greg Riddle

Link to Dallas Morning News Marathon Coverage