26,000 thousand runners from across the world hit the pavement in Memphis Saturday for the 16th annual St. Jude Marathon.
The rain caused a brief delay, but it didn’t stop thousands of people from running with a purpose. 40,000 plus spectators participated in the single largest one-day fundraising event for St. Jude Children’s and Research Hospital.
“Right now, we’ve raised a record of 11.2 million dollars and still counting so if you still feel compelled to give so that St. Jude can make sure we continue finding cures and saving children it’s not too late to give,” said St. Jude Spokesperson, Emily Callahan.
People who raised at least $250 are called St. Jude Heroes. Local 24 News found some heroes who has participated in this marathon for years.
“I was a teacher for 53 years and when I retired, I decided to be a full-time volunteer and pay money as much as I can, I’ve ran several events a year,” said Nina Buscemi, a St. Jude Hero.
Runners of all ages and walks of life came together for a common cause.
“As someone who sees the effects of cancer all over the world it’s such a devastating thing that could happen to a family and if we have the power to make positive change and to help people and sick families and kids then why not take the opportunity to just make as much positive change as you can,” said Runner Emily Barr.