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Runners pound the pavement despite St. Jude Marathon cancellation

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The race was supposed to end at AutoZone park. People all Saturday did just that. The race was supposed to end at AutoZone park. People all Saturday did just that.

(WMC-TV) - All the direction signs were removed from the St. Jude marathon route after officials canceled it. There were no water stops or first aid stands, but hundreds of runners hit the roads to finish what they came to Memphis to do: run.

It may have lacked the pomp and circumstance of the St Jude marathon, but there was still a lot of heart in the run Saturday morning.

Anton Janik of Little Rock is wearing his half marathon medal proudly. He finished it in honor of a former St Jude patient.

"I came to run and run for him, and I'm doing it no matter what," he said.

He was not alone. From the looks of the roads, hundreds of people were determined to finish.

"I don't want to be at home. I want to be right here running this race," said runner Joseph Girssom.

The race was supposed to end at AutoZone park. People all Saturday did just that. Some ran the entire race while others just did what they felt like running.

They were met by Memphians showing support.

"People were pulling over in their cars and waving and honking just cheering us on the whole way. Someone over by Stax passed me a bottle of water just when I needed it. It was perfect. The city came out and supported us the way we are supporting the people we care about too," said Janik.

If the weather has not already given you chills, then the amazing support for St Jude has to.

Read more about the marathon cancellation here.

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