Rain And Thunderstorms Prompt St. Jude Marathon Delay

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The Bluff City is packed with thousands of runners ready to take to the streets for the 18th Annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon. But weather will be a factor in Saturday’s races. Organizers announced Friday races will be delayed by 30 minutes.

Despite the precaution, runners are ready.

 “We are used to heat and a little bit of warmth,” said runner John Jackson. “A little bit of wet will be fine so just get up and do your best.


“The delay will let us sleep in extra half hour,” joked his wife Katie, “Extra sleep is always welcome.”


According to race organizers the 5K and 10K races will begin at 7:30. The half and full marathons will begin at 8:30.


Runners told Local 24 they’ve been training for this and wet weather isn’t going to stop them.


“Tonight, I’m going to sleep and eat,” said Shelly Sims from Baton Rouge. “I love running in the rain, so I would rather it rain.


“I have run in worse conditions,” said Memphis native Julie Carter. 


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