Friday, August 11, 2017

St Jude Run

metamora herald, runners for St Jude
Picture of runners and supporters on Rte 116 in Metamora

 The St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run started in 1982, co-founded by Mike McCoy and Gene Pratt. The run begins in Memphis, Tennesee at the St. Jude Hospital and ends in Peoria, IL at the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic. (brought to central Illinois by Jim Maloof in 1972) This is one of the largest charity runs in the nation. It has raised over $50 million for research and also the promise that no family will receive a bill of any kind throughout their child's stay at St. Judes. That includes the medical treatments/hospital stay, housing and food costs for the family of the patient. 

 This run across multiple states also includes "satellite races" and these are held for those who want to participate but the 465-mile Memphis to Peoria run logistically does not work out for them.

  Below is a list of surrounding area participants: 

[1] Satellite runs were started from communities throughout Illinois and Missouri. Satellite Runs have been established from  Bartonville, Bloomington/Normal, Canton, Champaign/Urbana, Chicago, Chillicothe, Decatur, Dunlap, East Peoria, Elmwood, Eureka, Galesburg, Kewanee, Kickapoo/Brimfield, LaSalle/Peru, Lewistown, Lincoln, Mackinaw, Macomb, Marshall County, Mason City, Mattoon, Metamora, Minonk, Monticello, Morton, Pekin, Princeville, Quincy, Richwoods High School, Running Central, Springfield,  St. Louis, Tremont, and Washington.  A group from each community meet the Memphis Runners in Peoria to kick off the St. Jude Telethon held at the Peoria Civic Center every year in August.

Congratulations to all the runners, their families and sponsors. Your participation along with the 40th annual telethon raised over $5 million for St. Judes this year. Thank you! 


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