St. Jude Marathon runners go the extra mile to support the annual Memphis fundraiser

Memphis, Tenn. — In a year where many things look different due to the pandemic, the annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon was no exception, going entirely virtual for the first time in the fundraisers’ 19-year history.

However, that didn’t stop people worldwide from supporting the St. Jude Children’s Research Center.

Almost 15,000 people participated in the run this year with feet hitting the pavement here in Memphis, all 50 states and Washington D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Peurto Rico and 722 foreign countries.

SEE SOME OF THE RACE DAY PHOTOS HERE

One of those runners was Hillary Husband who ran a 5k, 10k and half-marathon from Louisanna prior to the official St. Jude Marathon on Saturday.

Instead of running Saturday, Husband walked in honor of her very first marathon which she completed in slippers over the course of weeks in the halls of St. Jude following a bone marrow transplant, her IV pole trailing behind her.

Over 6,000 runners took part in the race for the first time this year.

Those runners were joined, virtually, by over 4,000 dedicated St. Jude Heroes who returned to the race and 822 patient families.

Before the race started, 2,600 runners were awarded the “Hero Among Us” recognition for staying committed to fundraising for patient families at St. Jude.

Thanks to those fundraising efforts, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.

“All a family should worry about is helping their child live,” a release from St. Jude said.

Runners sent in their virtual race day pictures from here at home and as far away as Switzerland.