Runners go the distance for St. Jude in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend

Photography by BMC

On December 1, more than 18,500 runners participated in the events of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend. Events included a marathon, a half-marathon, a five-person relay marathon, the Memphis Grizzlies 5K and a Family Fun Run. The events help bring awareness and support to the mission of St. Jude.

Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude ran in the half marathon and said of his experience, “This event gets better every year – both in the number of participants, and the amount of money they help us raise for the kids of St. Jude. It was my honor to run alongside them today, and we also owe a heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers, race officials, city partners and sponsors who helped make the day’s events such a tremendous success.”

And for the first time ever, the Memphis Grizzlies House 5K runners experienced one of the most inspiring and meaningful legs of the marathon and half-marathon races – through the St. Jude campus.

Among the thousands of participants this year was local elite runner Austin Selby, 29, of Bartlett, who was severely injured when he was struck by a car while running in December 2010. He recovered and earned a spot in the ING New York City Marathon last month – a marathon that was canceled due to Superstorm Sandy. The St. Jude Memphis Marathon welcomed runners like Selby who were unable to participate in last month’s ING New York City Marathon.

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