As more than 20,000 runners prepare for the St. Jude Marathon Weekend scheduled Saturday, December 7th, a ice storm warning is currently in effect in Memphis, TN.
The ice storm warning advisory has temperatures ranging from the mid-20’s to the 30’s with some light freezing rain expected later in the day.
St. Jude Marathon is currently monitoring the weather and state that the annual race will continue unless it is deemed unsafe for participants by city and race officials.
So far, advice has been giving to runners to dress 20 degrees warmer because your body heats as you are running which can be dangerous if you overheat. In addition, keep your hands and head warm and hydrate yourself during the race. Throw-a-way layers are advised and bringing along some extra warm and dry clothes in your running bag is encouraged.
The marathon, which is in its 12th year and features 6 different races (St. Jude Memphis Marathon – 26.2, St. Jude Memphis Marathon Relay – 26.2, St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon – 13.1, Memphis Grizzlies House 5K, Kids Marathon and Family Fun Run), helps raise money for St. Jude Research Hospital. The hospital spends more than $1.8 million dollars a day providing free treatment to children.
St Jude, a non-profit hospital, was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas with help from Dr Lemuel Diggs, a Memphis pathologist who specialized in sickle cell anemia and hematology and Anthony Abraham. St Jude Hospital has been providing care to children with cancer and life-threatening diseases for the last 51 years. Families, who get treatment at St. Jude, receive care for free as well as housing, travel and food.