Rain doesn't slow runners raising money for St. Jude hospital

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Runners take off from the start line at the annual St. Jude Race Saturday in Havelock. Despite the heavy rain, most of the 180 registered participants came out to run and walk to raise money for the children's cancer treatment and research hospital.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM.

Krissy Benda admitted that she wasn’t exactly thrilled with the idea of running 10 kilometers in heavy rain on Saturday morning. But, she received inspiration from her husband, Capt. Robert Benda, half a world away.

“My husband’s in Qatar, and he said he wanted to run a 10K on the same day,” Benda said prior to the start of the St. Jude benefit run/walk Saturday in Havelock. “He said, ‘it’s 105 and if I can do it in 105 then you can do it when it’s raining and 50.’ I’m thinking I’ll take the 105.”

Despite the heavy rain of Saturday morning, a large majority of the 180 registered participants came out to run and walk, raising money for the children’s cancer treatment and research hospital located in Memphis, Tenn.

“I hope they have hot cocoa when we get done,” said Chauntelle Chandler, who was running the race with her 11-year-old son Josh.

She said the pair was determined to run in the rain, not only for St. Jude but also for each other.

“I turned 40 this year, and there’s no holding back,” she said. “He said if I was going to do it, he was going to do it, so why not?”

Sean Gorman crossed the finish line first in the one-mile run.

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