5 Things Friday – St. Jude Heroes Edition

Today I’m travelling north to Nashville, TN for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event, the Country Music Marathon.  I have wanted to do this race for years and was finally able to work it out on my calendar.  Why is this race important to me? The title benefiting charity is ALSAC & the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Here’s Five Race Flashback Friday of running as a St. Jude Hero.

2012St. Jude Memphis Marathon$2,503.83
2013St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon$520
2014runDisney Tinkerbell Half Marathon$1,625
St. Jude Memphis Marathon$635.20
2015runDisney Dopey Challenge$4,074
Rock 'n' Roll Country Music Marathon$100
runDisney Tinkerbell Half Marathon$2,001
Total$11,459.65

1) 2012 St. Jude Memphis Marathon

After the 2012 St. Jude Memphis Marathon
After the 2012 St. Jude Memphis Marathon

This was my first time to experience the power of being a charity runner.  I was able to tour the Hospital and go to the Heroes Pasta Party.  This was the race weekend where I decided that as long as I am able I will never miss the Memphis Marathon weekend.

2) 2013 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon

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1 year later I battled the ice storm along the road to make it to Memphis late.  After getting into the Heroes Pasta Party we were informed by ALSAC CEO Richard Shadyac that the race was cancelled for the next day.  Does that stop runners though? No way! The streets the next morning were full of runners out along the course sporting their Heroes Jerseys and supporting the work of the hospital.  I even made a new friend on the course that day! Melissa was supposed to be running her first half that day. She went on to run the half in 2014 and is now training for her first full marathon in Chicago as a St. Jude Hero! She’s runs to help save her little friend Ava, whose tumor has started growing again.  You can support her fundraising efforts here!

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3) 2014 runDisney Tinkerbell Half Marathon

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This was my first non St. Jude race to run as a hero.  I put on my Sparkle Athletic skirt, visor, and fairy wings and took to the streets of Disneyland and Anaheim and had the most fun you’ve ever seen packed into 13.1 miles.

4) 2014 St. Jude Memphis Marathon

The triumphant return of the Marathon to the city of Memphis.  Runners were excited there was a buzz in the air and Heroes were everywhere! What I love about this race is that everyone there is supporting the same incredible cause.  Every other race around the country is littered with 10-15 sometimes 20 different charities as each runner starts the race.  In Memphis everyone runs for a reason, and it’s all the same one. To make a difference in the lives of the children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (I’m also just realizing I never posted a race recap of that weekend, I’ll fix that soon!)

5) 2015 runDisney Dopey Challenge

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My largest fundraising effort to date.  It seems fitting to be at an event that spanned 4 races for 4 days totaling at 48.6 miles around Walt Disney World.  I loved getting to spend the weekend running around the happiest place on earth knowing that it was all for something much bigger than for myself.