Illinois Central College hosts St. Jude Mirror Run

By Dana Fulton

July 26, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:31 AM CDT

PEORIA, IL--For 31 years, runners have made the 465 mile trek, from Memphis to Peoria, all for the children of St. Jude.

Founder of the race, Mike McCoy, said this year they are planning on raising more than $3 million.

Also this year, there will be a new a new twist to this classic relay. For those of us unable to participate in the Memphis to Peoria run, Illinois Central College's CougarPlex will be hosting a Mirror Run.

"We're allowing a lot of people from different walks of life to participate in this tremendous organization to help safe kids lives," said McCoy.

It's a unique concept: sign up to run the same amount of time or distance as someone participating in the St. Jude run.

Event co-organizer Greg Batton said you can select your own mirror, like he did.

"I would like to mirror Mr. Lee Hall," said Batton. "Because who doesn't want to mirror him."

Or just run along with anyone.

Batton said the cool part about the mirror run is the ability for participants to run or walk at their own pace.

McCoy noted another 'cool' part. The mirror run will be held inside, which means air conditioning.

Everyone now has an opportunity to join in the race without even leaving the River City area, and the opportunity to get involved with St. Jude.

"It costs nothing to go to St. Jude and get the best care in the world for your kid that is sick," said McCoy. "That's huge, and to be able to help fund that is very, very gratifying."

The Mirror Run takes place the same time as the Memphis to Peoria run, July 31 through August 3.

To register click on the link above but hurry, registration ends July 27.