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Record-breaking year for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend


In its biggest year yet, the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend raised a record $11.2 million for kids of St. Jude.

Twenty-six thousand participants and 40,000 spectators from across the country and around the world gathered for our 17th annual event, which supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Taylor Hoover Matecki.

Taylor Hoover Matecki, 2018 female marathon winner

Garang Madut.

Garang Madut, 2018 male marathon winner

2018 winners

Full marathon
Garang Madut of Lebanon, Tenn., with a time of 2:29:04.
Taylor Hoover Matecki of Pueblo West, Colo., with a time of 3:05:19.

Half marathon
Isaac Bryan of Harrisonburg, Va., with a time of 1:11:52.
Yelena Nanaziashvili of Clive, Iowa, with a time of 1:25:22.
John Payne of Germantown, Tenn., with a time of 1:27:17.

Male: Tyler Pasley of Shelbyville, Ill., with a time of 33:46 (new course record).
Female: Kayla Lewis of Irondale, Ala., with a time of 37:20.

Male: Lucas McNair of Arlington, Tenn., with a time of 16:36.
Female: Emry Bryan of Huntsville, Ala., with a time of 20:43.


"I am in awe of the energy and commitment that have culminated to raise $11.2 million for our patients and families," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "The thousands of supporters who take part in St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend year after year are the reason St. Jude Children's Research Hospital can continue its lifesaving work to help children all over the world. Congratulations to our top finishers Garang Madut and Taylor Hoover Matecki and all the St. Jude Heroes who have made a remarkable impact on the St. Jude mission this weekend."

Over the last 16 years, St. Jude Heroes, or those who fundraise for St. Jude while training for their race, have raised more than $70 million for St. Jude through this event. Each year, a special St. Jude Hero is recognized for going above and beyond with the Hero Among Us Award. Kent Stoneking was recognized as this year's recipient; his award was presented by two special guests: St. Jude patient Kael and his mom Ashley, who have been Stoneking's inspiration for years.

St. Jude Hero.
St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.

This event would not be possible without the support of St. Jude Heroes, 4,000 volunteers, presenting sponsor Juice Plus+®, expo sponsor Thrivent Mutual Funds, official sponsor Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, official partners Breakaway Running, Downtown Memphis Commission, the City of Memphis, Memphis Runners Track Club, gold sponsors AutoZone, Emergency Mobile Health Care LLC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lancome, Shaw Floors, silver sponsors Dollar General, Mitsubishi Electric, My Town Movers, Prairie Farms, Yates Construction and national St. Jude Heroes coach Kevin Leathers, among others.

Next year's race will be held on Dec. 7, 2019.


The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is the largest single-day fundraiser for St. Jude. Sign up for email updates to stay informed about 2019 registration and other race information.

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