Memphis, Tennessee (May 16, 2012) – General registration for the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon has sold out in record time, but there’s another option for runners interested in participating in the event on Saturday, Dec. 1. This year’s sell-out marks a new record date for the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon compared to last year when the race sold-out July 15.

Limited spots are still available for participants who also sign up as a St. Jude Hero and commit to raise at least $500 to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.

Last year, St. Jude Heroes raised $4 million to help St. Jude continue its lifesaving work. Registered runners and anyone interested in donating can visit www.stjudemarathon.org/heroes to get started.
All fundraisers can earn great incentives such as hotel accommodations, a VIP tour of St. Jude and access to an exclusive St. Jude Heroes Pasta Party on Friday before the big race on Saturday. Additionally, St. Jude Heroes have access to resources and tools such as a personal fundraising page to help them raise money and reach their personal goals.
                                                                                                                         
For more information about the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, visit stjudemarathon.org. Be sure to “like” St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Facebook and follow @StJude on Twitter for the latest updates.

About the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend
Since 2002, the event has been produced in partnership with the Memphis Runners Track Club and presenting sponsor Juice Plus and now features a marathon, half marathon, the Memphis Grizzlies House 5K, kids marathon and family fun run. Funds are raised from the event primarily through St. Jude Heroes, a special group of race participants who raise funds by obtaining pledges from friends and family. More than $20 million has been raised through the St. Jude Heroes program. For more information, visit www.stjudemarathon.org.  

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Since opening 50 years ago, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has changed the way the world treats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. No family ever pays St. Jude for the care their child receives and, for every child treated here, thousands more have been saved worldwide through St. Jude discoveries. The hospital has played a pivotal role in pushing U.S. pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent overall, and is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. It is also a leader in the research and treatment of blood disorders and infectious diseases in children. St. Jude was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, who believed that no child should die in the dawn of life. Join that mission by visiting stjude.org or following us on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.

About  Juice Plus+®
Juice Plus+®, the presenting sponsor for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, is an easy and inexpensive way to add nutrition from a wide variety of different fruits, vegetables and grains to your diet, everyday. It provides whole food based nutrition from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains in convenient capsule, chewable or gummi form.