The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend breaks fundraising record

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In its tenth year, the sold-out St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend raised a record-breaking $3.9 million for the kids of St. Jude.

St. Jude welcomed more than 16,000 registrants and 200 families to the races December 3, which included the Marathon, Half Marathon, the Memphis Grizzlies House 5K and the St. Jude Memphis Family Race and Kids Marathon. The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is one of the few major marathons in the country to benefit a single charity.

Tennessee residents Brian Shelton of Cookeville, and Candice Fredericks of Collierville were the top male and female finishers, respectively, in the marathon. Shelton finished the 26.2-mile course with a time of 2:38:16, while Fredericks finished in 3:11:22. The winner of the half marathon was Archie Bareikis of Oak Forest, Illinois, with a time of 1:08:41. Natalie Solovyeva of Memphis, Tennessee, won the women’s half marathon with a finish time of 1:15:22.

Of the total race registrants, nearly 5,000 were St. Jude Heroes. Since its inception, nearly $20 million has been raised through the marathon event proceeds and the St. Jude Heroes program.