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St. Jude stands by decision to cancel marathon

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While some participants stayed in Memphis and ran on their own despite the race being canceled, others returned home after months of training with no medal to show for it. While some participants stayed in Memphis and ran on their own despite the race being canceled, others returned home after months of training with no medal to show for it.
ALSAC CEO Rick Shadyac says organizers still stand by the decision to cancel the race. ALSAC CEO Rick Shadyac says organizers still stand by the decision to cancel the race.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is reaching out to the community, thanking residents and runners for being understanding when it opted to cancel the marathon.

Now the task of refunding money and contacting participants begins.

While some participants stayed in Memphis and ran on their own despite the race being canceled, others returned home after months of training with no medal to show for it.

ALSAC CEO Rick Shadyac says organizers still stand by the decision to cancel the race.

"I think we made the right decision under difficult circumstances," said Shadyac.

Normally, race business is wrapped up by the following Monday, but that is not the case this week.

"Now we are in the process of reaching out to contestants as to the options we've provided them," said Shadyac. "Including refunding the registration fee, which I hope they will not ask for and they will think of as a donation to St Jude Children's Research Hospital."

Shadyac says $8.2 million was raised, so it was still a successful fundraiser.

Many of those who stuck around town and ran were able to get their race medals, for the most part, though, ALSAC has thousands of medals left over.

"We are going to survey our participants and see what their sentiments are. If people want their medals, they will be shipped to them, some have had a desire for them to be donated to St. Jude patients," explained Shadyac.

Planning for the 2014 race will begin soon and organizers are already crossing their fingers, hoping Mother Nature does not get in the way again.

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