Memphis prepares for weekend full of activities

Memphis prepares for weekend full of activities

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The threat of rain Saturday morning is not stopping thousands of runners in Memphis this weekend for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon.

The marathon is just one big event Saturday in Memphis.

Organizers pushed the start time back a half hour to account for expected morning rain.

“This is the fouth year in a row, my wife and I come we enjoy fundraising for St. Jude, it's something we look forward to each year,” said Shaun McGreth from Queens, New York. McGreth said a little rain won't scare him away from participating.

“I love running in the rain,” McGreth said.

The 5K and 10K will start at 7:30 a.m., with the marathon and half marathon beginning at 8:30 a.m.

It is the largest race ever with 26,000 runners, and ALSAC says more than half of them are from out of town. Road closures for the race start Friday night.

In addition to the marathon, the Liberty Bowl will open Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in a free event for fans to watch the Memphis Tigers compete in the AAC Championship.

The Memphis Holiday Parade kicks off Saturday at 4 p.m. on Beale Street, too.

“It’s almost like a second home, it feels like coming over that bridge I always kind of get chills,” said Steven Vonspreckelsen.

Vonspreckelsen and his family made their annual trek to Memphis from Nebraska.

He first came here to St Jude at 16 diagnosed with a brain tumor. He beat cancer twice.

Now a father of three at 33, the Memphis run is a tradition, a celebration of his life that a little rain won’t stop.

“They said I wouldn’t have a chance and that was 10 years ago,” he said.

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