2021 Inclusive Event Day Options
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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