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St. Jude Run and Telethon date going back to first weekend in August-- August 3, 2013

The St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run, the idea of Co-founders Mike McCoy and Gene Pratt, began with the idea of 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 $13 million for St. Jude kids.

Because not everyone can participate in the more rigorous Memphis to Peoria Run, auxiliary runs were started from communities throughout Illinois and Missouri. Employees, doctors, and nurses from the St. Jude Hospital in Memphis also participate in this event along with runners from Chicago, Macomb, Bloomington/Normal, Decatur, LaSalle/Peru, Springfield, Lincoln, East Peoria, Mason City, Washington, Champaign/Urbana, Galesburg, Canton, Dunlap, Chillicothe, Elmwood, Morton, Pekin, Quincy, Richwoods High School, St. Louis, Tri-County, Minonk, Marshall County, Tremont, Mattoon, Bartonville, Kewanee, and Pontiac. 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. Now with 29 cities participating, the St. Jude Runs have raised over $28 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.

Our Mission

To support the mission of ALSAC and to provide funds, raised through running events, to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN and the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate located in Peoria, IL. These funds are to be used for the continued research and care of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

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