23,000 runners hit the pavement on December 3rd for the annual St. Jude’s Marathon. In attendance was an audience of 40,000 fans from all across the U.S. and some from abroad.
There were 5 different races this year. The full marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k, and kids marathon.
In all, $10 million was raised for the hospital. Money from this fundraiser will assist families whose children are suffering from catastrophic diseases. The money will go towards treatment and research. What is special about St. Jude is that no child is ever denied treatment based on the ability to pay.
This was St. Jude’s 15th year hosting the event in Downtown Memphis. Many local businesses supported the event through various discounts for the runners and the St. Jude Heroes. There was even a St. Jude Heroes Pasta Party the night before the marathon. 2,400 St. Jude Heroes attended and filled up on some much needed carbs for the big race.
This was by far, the biggest St. Jude Marathon here in Memphis. The number of participants and the money raised for this worthy charity exceeded expectations. Even the downtown businesses saw a boost to the economy on this busy weekend. It is estimated that there was a $20 million impact in Memphis. But the greatest impact this year will be for all of the children that will be affected by this event.
Thank you to everyone who supported St. Jude. It is amazing what we can accomplish when our Memphis community comes together to support a cause. Let’s see what we can do next year!