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

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)

Event Calendar

Upcoming Events
6:00 pm Trivia Bowl @ Canton Elk's Lodge
Trivia Bowl @ Canton Elk's Lodge
Mar 17 @ 6:00 pm
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Why I Run

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

All for the St Jude Kids!

Peggy Bargmann Fisher 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