St. Jude Memphis Marathon an all-around success - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Kontji Anthony

St. Jude Memphis Marathon an all-around success

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Chilly temperatures couldn't keep thousands of runners away from doing their part to support a great cause.

14,000 participants turned out to raise about $1.8 million for children with life-threatening illnesses at the sold-out St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Saturday.

Some runners, like the staff of Reed Family Dentistry, made a group effort. "We have a lot of patients at Reed Family Dentistry that have been treated by St. Jude and we just wanted to run for them," said Brittany Maynard.

They ran for children like Baby Jolene, who has cancer. "She was diagnosed in March of this year," said runner Diana Eubanks. "I think I really didn't realize all that St. Jude does for children until we went through this with her."

And this race wasn't just about placing a medal around your neck or passing the finish line. The participants said that the race brought people together for the betterment of the children and Memphis as a whole.

Jeff Jonaitis of Tinley Park, Illinois and Muluye Gurma, of Ethiopia were the top finishers in the male and female race.

Jonaitis won in 2 hours, 20 minutes, and Gurma won in 2 hours, 45 minutes.

They each won $5,000 thousand dollars.

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