"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.
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.