The St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Runners are in the home stretch, crossing over into Illinois Saturday morning.
The runners will arrive back in Peoria Saturday evening in time for the St. Jude Telethon.
The Memphis to Peoria Run began Wednesday at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, as 190 runners and their support staff took off in extremely hot conditions. When they left the hospital, the temperature was over 100 degrees, with a heat index of 122.
Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy, who started the St. Jude Run 34 years ago, leads the Blue Team, Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis leads the Gold Team of runners.
The Memphis to Peoria Runners will meet up with 2,600 other runners from 38 satellite run cities in downtown Peoria in what is almost a parade-like event.
So far, this year’s St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run has raised over $495,000.
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