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. See fundraising options for the 2020 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.

 
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 premier 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 your 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 earn other prizes.

 
 

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.
 

Benefits to make your race experience even better

Running as 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.
 

Making your race 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 — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. 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.

 
 

2020 St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend Virtual Experience Heroes entries

We encourage all participants to meet their fundraising goal by race weekend, but Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum St. Jude Heroes have until January 4, 2021 to raise their committed amount.

Bronze entry

$600

  • Race entry
  • St. Jude Heroes training shirt
  • $15 St. Jude merchandise credit
  • Livestream Pasta Party and post-race celebration access
  • Early registration for 2021 event
 

Silver entry

$1,500

  • Race entry
  • St. Jude Heroes training shirt
  • Additional St. Jude Heroes experiences
  • $30 St. Jude merchandise credit
  • Commemorative race gear
  • Livestream Pasta Party and post-race celebration access
  • Early registration for 2021 event
 

Gold entry

$3,000

  • Race entry
  • St. Jude Heroes training shirt
  • Additional St. Jude Heroes experiences
  • $60 St. Jude merchandise credit
  • Commemorative race gear
  • Livestream Pasta Party and post-race celebration access
  • Hotel gift card
  • Exclusive access St. Jude Children's Research Hospital virtual tour
  • Early registration for 2021 event
 

Platinum entry

$5,000

  • Race entry
  • St. Jude Heroes training shirt
  • Additional St. Jude Heroes experiences
  • $100 St. Jude merchandise credit
  • Commemorative race gear
  • Livestream Pasta Party and post-race celebration access
  • Hotel gift card
  • Exclusive access St. Jude Children's Research Hospital virtual tour (+one guest)
  • Early registration for 2021 event
 

Platinum Premier entry, sponsored by American Airlines

New in 2020! Commit to raise $7,500, and upgrade your registration to Platinum Premier.

Platinum Premier Heroes will receive all Platinum benefits, plus additional status and access on event weekend, including: 

  • Exclusive access St. Jude Children's Research Hospital virtual tour (+three guests)
  • Exclusive patient family interaction
  • One round-trip American Airlines flight voucher
American Airlines logo.
 

General entry for virtual registration

ST. JUDE HEROES AT ALL LEVELS WILL ALSO RECEIVE THESE BENEFITS

Fundraise what you'd like*

  • Commemorative race number (a real one that we'll mail to you), distance-specific finisher medal and premium long-sleeved tech shirt
  • Monthly themes with training tips, virtual challenges, fundraising info and encouragement from special guests
  • Week-long interactive race week and race day celebration
  • Recognition items based on optional fundraising performance (fundraising is not required for general registrants)
  • Preferred registration window for next year's 20th anniversary St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend

*Fundraising is optional for general registrants. General registrants who raise $250 or more will receive a St. Jude Heroes singlet or tech shirt.

 
 

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.

 
 

Out of an abundance of caution for your personal safety and well-being, this event has been transformed into the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend Virtual Experience.  See details.