COVID-19

 

2021 Inclusive Event Day Options

Participant Questions

 

  1. Why are you requiring all runners who partake in the Traditional Experience to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before July 1?

The St. Jude Runners Association Board did not make this decision lightly and at this time, we have determined this to be the best way we can keep the largest amount of people safe that will be using group transportation and will assemble in large groups in Peoria. Participation and fundraising options are available for all regardless of your vaccination status.

  1. Does the vaccine requirement pertain to any side events before and after Run Day?

No, this policy is only for the Traditional Experience into Peoria. St. Jude Runs side event proposals can be submitted on the St. Jude Runs website. Please be sure to include any COVID-19 procedures you plan to have in place in order to receive a quicker response from the board.

  1. If I choose not or am not able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, what are my options?

We have three inclusive options for our runners this year; your coordinators are working hard to determine what the best option is for your run and your community.

  1. I had COVID-19 and tested positive for antibodies, do I still need to receive the vaccine?

Yes. At this time, our policy is for all participants participating in the traditional event experience needs to be fully vaccinated by July 1st regardless of their health history. If you decide not to receive the vaccine, we have options for you to still participate from your community.  You do not, however, need to have received the vaccine for a community based or virtual event.

  1. Do people along our route that serve lunch, hand out water and help in various way have to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

No, as long as they are wearing masks, gloves for food service, social distancing, and not following the runners into Peoria, they do not need to be vaccinated.

  1. Can kids be in Peoria for the finish line to cheer their parents on with a vaccinated parent?

Yes, families may meet their runner in Peoria. Safety protocols will be in place, including mask and social distancing.

  1. Do other St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital events fall into this policy, like the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend?

No, this is a local St. Jude Runners Association board decision for those participating in the Traditional Experience of the 2021 St. Jude Runs event. ALSAC and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are still evaluating all in-person events at this time.

  1. Can a vaccinated person still attend the run if they have encountered a positive COVID-19 person prior to the Run Day Event?

We ask that you follow current CDC guidelines, which includes a set quarantine recommendation after exposure. If Run Day falls within the recommended quarantine period, then we ask you to participate virtually.

  1. If I participate in the Community Based or Virtual options, can I count that toward my years of participation?

Yes, you are a valued member of the St. Jude Runs family regardless of how you participate this year.

Download FAQ as a PDF: St. Jude Runs Inclusive Event Day Options FAQ

COVID-19 Vaccination Info from Tazewell County Health Dept.

St. Jude Runs Team

Desirae Hood Smick

Because I have two healthy kids and am really good at fundraising…not so good at the running 🙂

Desirae Hood Smick

Robyn Hendel

For those who can’t!

Robyn Hendel

Samantha Klingler

For those who can’t!!

Samantha Klingler

Debbie Collins

Because God gave me legs so I can give back to those who cannot run!

Debbie Collins

Tameria Patton

For my daughter Olivia. For all the children and families affected by childhood cancers. For the friends and the fun.

Tameria Patton

Holly Becker Geier

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

Holly Becker Geier

Heather Beneky Musgrove

JLB of Mason City ILL and all children that are battling cancer.

Heather Beneky Musgrove

Denise Skaggs Strube-Pieper

It is my way of giving back for all that St. Jude has done for my family. I know that I may never be able to raise the amount necessary for what it takes to save a child’s life like my son, Kyle Strube, but I will always put forth my best effort. Thank you St. Jude!!

Denise Skaggs Strube-Pieper

Lauren Bearden

For the Kids!

Lauren Bearden

Hannah Duzan Crnkovich

Because Max Duzan is cancer free because of St. Jude!

Hannah Duzan Crnkovich

Amy Jones

I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, in September 1988. At 10 years old, the biggest worry I had ever faced was passing spelling tests…and in the blink of an eye, my biggest worry was now whether or not I was going to live or die!  But, St. Jude was there and gave me hope!  The summer after I was diagnosed, I was in Memphis getting chemotherapy, and remember meeting this strange group of people.  They were runners and were getting ready to travel back to PEORIA, for the kids of St. Jude!  Now, running was about as bad as chemo in my book, so I could not believe that people I had never even met were willing to this “horrible” thing… for me!  As the time passed, I got to know some of the runners and what amazing people they were.  In fact, they inspired another patient and me to make a promise to one another that we would get healthy enough to be runners someday.  Well, about a year after my friend and I made that pact, he passed away, never getting the chance to run.  I was determined to run for him!  But, soon after he passed and I went off chemo, I relapsed.  This time my battle seemed harder, but St. Jude never gave up on me, and the hope of becoming a runner helped me never give up either!  I am happy to say that was over 20 years ago!  I am now a HEALTHY wife, mother, and Memphis to Peoria Runner!!!  2019 was my 22nd year running!  I run to prove I beat cancer, I run for all the patients who will never get the chance, I run to show current patients there is hope, and I run to show all the runners that ever step DOES make a difference in the life of a child!  Thank you!

Amy Jones

Barb Nalley Fritz

Because I’ve had a few students who have been patients and have made me more aware of this cause. My first run was this year and I will continue until I can no longer run:) Ed Gaitros If you could see the strength of the St. Jude children you would understand Monica Hogan Reeder Because we can.

Barb Nalley Fritz

Staci Strawbridge

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

Jennie Edwards Mulder

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

Danielle Fauser

For my superhero, Jerett Fauser!!

Danielle Fauser

Angelia Hill Ellis

I do it for the kids! <3 st jude

Angelia Hill Ellis

Shawn Michael Garnett

FOR THE KIDS, and my health, and the fun

Shawn Michael Garnett

Peggy Bargmann Fisher

All for the St Jude Kids!

Peggy Bargmann Fisher

Tony Helmuth

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

Tony Helmuth

Melissa Nicole Bakel

For the love and hopes of the kids. Love the comradery as well!

Melissa Nicole Bakel

Princess Tess Swearingen

As the holidays of 2008 came and went, we noticed a change in Tess.  Our sweet princess seemed to be tired, a little pale, and sporadically complaining of leg pain.  We took her to our family doctor for a check up and blood work.  Nothing was alarming, so we decided to wait and watch.  Within a week, we could easily see that she was getting worse.  Tess had several body scans and tests which kept coming back with no clear answer.  Our family was sent to St. Jude in Peoria in January of 2009 where we were given life-changing news.  Tess, 3 at the time, had a tumor in her adrenal gland and cancer cells in her bone marrow.  She was diagnosed with stage 4, high-risk neuroblastoma.   We were lucky enough to stay at the Midwest Affiliate in Peoria for her initial diagnosis and her first surgery.  She had a week to recover and then we headed to Memphis.  Tess was given a 20-30% prognosis at that time.

Between Memphis and Peoria, Tess faced 10 months of chemotherapy, a stem-cell harvest and transplant, several surgeries, 13 rounds of radiation and 6 month antibody therapy treatment.  When we started the journey, the antibody was not available.  Because of the on-going research happening at St. Jude, Tess’s prognosis jumped to 70%!  Not only does St. Jude provide cutting edge medical treatment, they also provide HOPE.  Without the care and love that every staff member showered on our entire family, hope would have been lost.  St. Jude was able to care for Tess’s medical needs, our emotional needs, as well as our financial needs.  St. Jude saved our daughter’s life.

Today, Tess is a healthy, happy 9 year old girl.  She is in 4th grade and loves to play outside, shop, cook, and dreams to one day be an artist.  This July, she will celebrate a milestone and earn a new title, “cured”.

Princess Tess Swearingen

Stephanie Wilson

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.

Stephanie Wilson

Meryl Brown

For the kids. Always the kids.

Meryl Brown

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