Become a Hero

This year, everyone registered for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend will have the opportunity to fundraise as a St. Jude Hero. While fundraising is not required, it is the best way to support the kids of St. Jude. All registrants will get a participant center, which has fundraising tips and tools, and will also be used to share important race weekend updates, training info, fun promotions and giveaways.

What is a St. Jude Hero?

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St. Jude Heroes are participants who commit themselves to raising funds on behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital while competing in a variety of endurance events like the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend.

Why be a St. Jude Hero?

  • 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.
  • Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened in 1962. 
  • St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer.
  • St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
  • Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation.

As a St. Jude Hero, you'll get fundraising tips, email templates to send to friends and family, and more.

Additional St. Jude Heroes benefits:

  • Raise $100: St. Jude Heroes singlet
  • Raise $500: St. Jude Heroes Pasta Party (Subject to availability; see details below.)
  • Raise $1,000: Entrance to the race-day Heroes lounge (See details below.)


The fundraising deadline for St. Jude Heroes is December 31, 2015.


About St. Jude Heroes Pasta Party

Tickets are limited. Elite VIP Heroes will have the first opportunity to reserve tickets, followed by Premium VIP (if available), then Deluxe VIP (if available) and then general registrants who have raised $500 or more (if available). Once all tickets have been reserved, no more reservations can be accepted.


St. Jude Heroes Race-Day Lounge 
On race day, St. Jude Heroes who have raised a minimum of $1,000 will gain access to the Heroes Lounge. Wristbands must be reserved in advance. Further information will be available at a later date.