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What is a St. Jude Hero?

St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude Heroes are helping us get there.

St. Jude Heroes.

Be part of something bigger

Being a St. Jude Hero® means raising funds for the kids of St. Jude — kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases — while you train for your race.

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is the pinnacle event for the St. Jude Heroes program as the largest single-day fundraising event for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude Heroes aren't just participating in their race; they're using their strength to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Registration fees help us put on a great race, but St. Jude relies on fundraisers and direct donations. 

St. Jude patient Rylee

St. Jude patient Rylee, age 10, bone cancer


There are two ways to be a St. Jude Hero


Fundraise at a commiment level for the full event experience.

Sign up prior to general registration at the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum fundraising level, and get exclusive benefits and race-weekend perks. Plus, you'll secure your race entry before we open to the general public.


Fundraise what you'd like, and earn selected prizes based on how much you raise.

Register during general registration and raise at least $250. You'll earn a St. Jude singlet or tech shirt to wear race weekend, and have the chance to earn other recognition items.


Being a St. Jude Hero means that when you cross the finish line, you'll know that what you've accomplished has made an impact far beyond your race. It also means...

St Jude Hero.

Exclusive benefits to make your race experience even better

Being a St. Jude Hero takes your event to the next level, with the opportunity to earn everything from race gear to event weekend experiences.

St. Jude Hero.

Support from St. Jude to help you fundraise

St. Jude will be with you every step of the way. You'll get everything you need to reach your fundraising goal — coaching emails, a fundraising coach, a personal fundraising page, plus other tools and tips as you go.

St. Jude Heroes.

Becoming part of a nationwide alliance against childhood cancer

As a St. Jude Hero, you'll join thousands of runners from across the United States who have chosen to run for St. Jude. St. Jude Heroes are a select group with one common goal: to use their race to further lifesaving research and treatment for St. Jude kids.

St. Jude Hero.

Be a part of something bigger

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. As a St. Jude Hero, you'll make a real difference. The funds you raise help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food. Learn more about how fundraising helps.


What does being a St. Jude Hero mean to you? Tell us your fundraising story, and we may feature it to inspire other fundraisers.


Are you interested in being a St. Jude Hero for another running event?
See where being a St. Jude Hero can take you.

Please note, benefits and fundraising levels vary by race.