Year Started: 1982
Run Distance: 465 mi.
Fundraising Commitment: $3,000
Run Segments: 3-6 mi.

The inspiration of the St. Jude Runs began in Peoria, IL, in 1982, when Mike McCoy and Gene Pratt collaborated on a way to raise money for St. Jude – their favorite charity.

They first envisioned driving to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, and then running back relay-style to Peoria, home of the Jim and Trudy Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic.  Now, many Runs later, their vision has become one of the foremost charity running events in the nation, having raised over $20 million and still counting.

St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run Route

2017 Memphis Meeting Dates:

  • March 6 (TBD)
  • May 22 (Pekin Insurance) – New Runner Meeting
  • June 26 (Brewers Distributing) – New Runner Meeting & Runner Open House
  • July 24 (TBD)

*More details to come
**New runners only need to attend one New Runner Meeting

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Why I Run

For the kids! Finally got to the hospital in Memphis after this last run from St. Louis! I’ll be running every year I physically can after that visit!

Staci Strawbridge October 23, 2014

I’m not much of a runner but I seem to have a knack for fundraising and what better cause to do it for. Just knowing that every penny I help raise goes to saving a child’s life- well no better reason than that!

Jennie Edwards Mulder October 23, 2014

Tony Helmuth October 23, 2014