The St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run, one crazy idea of Co-founders Mike McCoy and Gene Pratt, began as a way to raise money for their favorite charity, St. Jude. The concept of driving to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and then running back, relay-style, to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria, has come to be one of the foremost charity running events in the nation. Each year since 1982, runners have paid for the honor to participate in this unique, 465-mile event that has raised over $15.9 million for St. Jude kids since it started in 1982.
Because not everyone can participate in the more rigorous Memphis to Peoria Run, satellite runs were started from communities throughout Illinois and Missouri. Satellite runs feature runners from Bartonville, Bloomington/Normal, Canton, Champaign/Urbana, Chicago, Chillicothe, Decatur, Dunlap, East Peoria, Elmwood, Eureka, Galesburg, Kewanee, Kickapoo/Brimfield, LaSalle/Peru, Lewistown, Lincoln, Mackinaw, Macomb, Marshall County, Mason City, Mattoon, Metamora, Minonk, Monticello, Morton, Pekin, Princeville, Quincy, Richwoods High School, Running Central to Peoria, Springfield, St. Louis, Tremont, Tri-County, and Washington. Each of these cities send runners to Peoria to meet the Memphis to Peoria Runners and help kick off the St. Jude Telethon held in Peoria, Illinois, each year in August.
In 2010, dedicated St. Jude supports from Mobile, Alabama started the first annual Memphis to Mobile Run. The St. Jude Runs continues to seek other cities willing to participate in this event.
Now with 38 cities participating, the St. Jude Runs have raised altogether over $40.5 million. For more information about these runs for St. Jude or how you can participate, call the St. Jude Run office toll free at (800) 713-8223 or e-mail us.