As runners and spectators gear up for Saturday’s 17th annual St. Jude Marathon, one marathon runner is gaining national attention for his effort.
“I’m proud and thrilled to be here in Memphis for my 18th marathon raising a million dollars for first generation college students and scholarships,” says Nasir Qadree.
Qadree was the first in his family to graduate college. He credits a strong support system for helping him reach his goals.
“My grandmother told me if you wanna fast, go alone. If you wanna go far, go together,” says Qadree.
Qadree says his achievements have driven him to want to help others. He was even featured in the Huffington Post.
Through a national non-profit called America Needs You, Qadree pledged to raise a million dollars by running marathons in every state to help support first generation college students and provide them with career development, training, and mentorship.
“It’s all about mentorship, it’s about building the right communities around those, in my eyes, don’t have the resources,” says Qadree.
Remember start times for the race will delayed by thirty minutes and that could change depending on the weather.
Also, several streets downtown will be blocked off for the marathon, as well as the Downtown Christmas parade which starts at 4:00 p.m. Prepare to park and walk.