Runners hit the pavement for year 10 of the St. Jude Run
Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:17:07 GMT —
Runners are lacing up their gym shoes as the 10th Annual St. Jude Quincy to Peoria Run kicks off Friday.
Seventy-six runners and volunteers are participating in the relay-style run.
All the money raised from the event goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and its Midwest Affiliate in Peoria.
The run started Friday night at 5:30 at Fifth and Hampshire in downtown Quincy and will continue 135 miles until participants arrive in Peoria.
Runners from Hannibal also joined the group.
They started at 11 a.m.
It's Trevor Hull's third year running in this event.
"I haven't done as much training as I like. But it's not about me, you know. It's about raising the money for the kids and doing it for the kids," Hull said.
Hull participates to help raise money for children like his step-daughter, Addison Knuffman.
Knuffman has a condition that required her to receive 52 weeks of chemotherapy from St. Jude.
"She has what is called Neurofibromatosis 1 and it's a disease that causes tumors to appear anywhere in your body, on your body," Hull said.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital helped put her condition into remission.
This event gave Hull a chance to pay St. Jude back.
"And I thought,' it's a no brainier.' â??Once she started seeking treatment at St. Jude, I thought, â??why am I not doing that,"â?? Hull said.
Coordinators hope this year's run will bring in big bucks for the hospital.
"But I'm hoping for 80,000 this year. That would be amazing," Brittany Vermeire, a run coordinator, said.
It's a far distance to travel in just twenty-four hours.
"We take Highway 24 pretty much all the way up. So we'll start downtown, we'll come down Maine Street. Then we'll run towards the Kellerville blacktop,â?? Vermeire said. â??Then we'll get back on to Camp Point road. Head all the way down Camp Point through Ripley, Mount Sterling, Rushville into Astoria."
From there it's on to Peoria.
Hull can't wait to cross the finish line.
He knows each mile he runs will help benefit a child in need.
"I won't be able to walk for a few days but that's fine. It's worth it," Hull said.
Runners are expected to arrive in Peoria around 4 p.m. Saturday.