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Record sell-outs and new race enhancements highlight this year's eventMEMPHIS, Tenn.,
Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Justin Gillette of
Goshen, Ind. and
Angie Zinkus of
Eads, Tenn. were the top male and female finishers, respectively, in the
St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend presented by Juice Plus+® on
Saturday, Dec. 1. Gillette finished the 26.2-miles course with a time of 2:35:14 while Zinkus finished in 2:55:41. A record 18,500 people registered for the event, which raised a record
$5.7 million to support
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, the sole charity of the event and one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.
One first for this year's race was the participation of
Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the half marathon. Shadyac said of his experience, "It never ceases to amaze me the response we get from people wanting to be more connected to the St. Jude mission. This event gets better every year – both in the number of participants, and the amount of money they help us raise for the kids of St. Jude. It was my honor to run alongside them today, and we also owe a heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers, race officials, city partners and sponsors who helped make the day's events such a tremendous success."
Also, new this year, race officials added a five-member marathon relay team, which experienced a same-day sell out. And for the first time ever, the Memphis Grizzlies House 5K runners experienced one of the most inspiring and meaningful legs of the marathon and half marathon races – through the St. Jude campus.