A caravan of nearly two dozen motorhomes made their way across Marion County Friday, as 165 St. Jude’s runners made their way to their ultimate destination in Peoria.
The St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run, the idea of Co-founders Mike McCoy and Gene Pratt, began with the idea of a way to raise money for their favorite charity, St. Jude. The concept of driving to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and then running back, relay-style, to the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria, has come to be one of the foremost charity running events in the nation. Each year since 1982, runners have paid for the honor to participate in this unique, 465-mile event that has raised over $13 million for St. Jude kids.
The runners were planning to make their way Friday from Marion County to the Ramsey State Park where they would shower and spend the night, heading out Saturday morning for the last leg of their route.