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 not? I love to run, I’m good at it and I know what its like to hear those words “you have cancer”. If I can do something I love and it helps others, I ask, why not?

Anna Kinkade October 23, 2014

I have 6 healthy children and I want to run for this who can’t. 2 of my kids will be joining our team next year.

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Why not…it is mind clearing and I do it to help others in their quest to be healthier.

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