Locals participate in the Memphis Marathon Weekend


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Winona Marathon Team members include: (front row) Mike Kotecki, Amber Austin, Belinda Morrison, Rachel Watkins, Murry Catherine Alderman, Lexie Flowers, Betsy Tompkins, (back) Becky Dees, Erica Dees, Shoni Montgomery and Chris McRae.

For many Winona High School team members, the race was part of a personal mission to help cancer patients and their caregivers.

Several Winona residents traveled to Memphis on Dec. 3 to take part in the 2016 St. Jude Memphis Marathon.

The race course takes participants through downtown Memphis, including the campus of St. Jude.

“That is a very overwhelming and emotional time,” said Amber Austin, marathon participant from Winona. “Seeing the children and parents waving and cheering for us provided me with the endurance I needed to pick up my pace and motivated me to finish. I can’t wait until next year.”

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