‘04 SHS graduate running marathon to honor father

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Former Sweetwater High School athlete Reid Bishop will run the New York City Marathon to honor his late father, Wes Bishop, who lost his battle with cancer just over five years ago. The event takes place Sunday.
Reid was a multi-sport athlete at Sweetwater where he graduated in 2004, but will wear the No. 12 baseball jersey he and Wes wore at Abilene Christian University — Reid when he played there from 2004-07 and Wes during the 1970s before he came to Sweetwater to serve as longtime director of physical therapy at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital, a position he held 36 years until his death from cancer in October 2013.
At the marathon Sunday, Reid is participating, along with his girlfriend Stephanie Gilbert, as members of Team Flatwater where they hope to raise money for the Flatwater Foundation.
The organization serves as a partner for the event. individual participants for Team Flatwater must raise a minimum of $3,000 in donations to, as Reid said, help others who have lost a loved one — or who have even survived a cancer diagnosis — to get much needed mental support.
“Although our dads never ran a marathon, we feel incredibly honored to be able to run (the event) in their loving memory,” said Reid, who now lives in Austin.