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 Children’s Research Hospital – their favorite charity.

They first envisioned driving to St. Jude  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 $18 million and counting.

St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run Route

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2018 Memphis Meeting Dates/Locations

Tuesday March 6: Kick-off Meeting
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Church of the Brethren
(4714 N. Sheridan Rd. Peoria, IL)

Tuesday May 22
Time: 5:30 p.m. (New Runner Meeting)
6:30 p.m. (Refreshments-All Runner)
7:30 p.m. (All Runner Meeting)
Location: Pekin Insurance Lodge
2505 Court St. Pekin, IL

Monday June 25
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Monday July 23: MANDATORY Final Meeting
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Church of the Brethren
(4714 N. Sheridan Rd. Peoria, IL)

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Why I Run

The 2014 St. Jude Runs were able to raise over 4.1 million dollars largely because of the generosity of Gordon Walker, Scott Martin and the Board of Pekin Insurance.  The sponsorship of Pekin Insurance helped ensure that every dollar raised by a St. Jude Runner went directly to the research, treatment and care of Kids with cancer at St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis and the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria.

October 23, 2014

I have healthy kids that can run do I run for those who can’t

Tony Helmuth October 23, 2014

Mostly for fun…..yeah im a goof like that, but the fact that I’m helping others and my own health at the same time is a plus.

Shawn Micheal Garnett October 23, 2014