Thousands Turn Out for 2016 St. Jude Give Hope Run at Burdette Park [PHOTOS]
Thousands of residents from across the Tri-State braved the cool Saturday morning weather, and the hills around Burdette Park, to help the fight against childhood cancer during the annual St. Jude Give Hope. Run.
Temperatures were in the mid-to-upper 50's as runners and walkers lined up at the starting line just after 8 a.m., ready to take off and navigate the course that began in the parking lot of the pool, worked it's way up the hill, then down the bike path to Nurrenbern Road, where the course made it's way back to the park.
My wife and I, along with our 11 and nine year old son and daughter managed to complete the course despite zero warming up, or practice walks around our neighborhood in the days leading up to the event. Despite my internal concerns the kids may not be able to complete the entire course, and we'd be stuck in the middle somewhere trying to push them to finish, both did well, even surprising me a little by running or at least jogging portions with friends that were in attendance to support Boonville girl, Jenalyn Gates who was treated for a brain tumor at St. Jude.
When the day was over, $134,098 was raised to help researchers and doctors at St. Jude continue their fight to put an end to childhood cancer.
Check out photos from the event below.