Runners nationwide hit the streets of Phoenix to help end childhood cancer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Jan. 12, 2017) – This month, thousands will gather to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. This year, race participants have the chance to run for free by fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® as St. Jude Heroes.

More than 335 St. Jude Heroes, participants who fundraise on behalf of the hospital, will travel from across the country to run and support the kids of St. Jude, where families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Together, they have raised more than $64,000.

Michael AlbroughOne such St. Jude Hero is Michael Albrough. Albrough runs to guide others to a healthier lifestyle, raise funds and awareness for St. Jude and also commemorate how far he has come in life.

For years, Albrough struggled with addiction. It wasn’t until he lost his job and family’s home that he realized the importance a clean lifestyle and transformed his life to serve others. He is able to do so in part by participating as a St. Jude Hero in the 5K and half marathon at Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona. Since he began fundraising in 2011, Albrough has raised more than $20,000 for the hospital while helping recruit other St. Jude Heroes.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Dedicated to finding cures and saving children, 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 over 50 years ago.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon weekend includes a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K on January 14-15, Saturday-Sunday.

After the races on Sunday, runners will celebrate with a post-race concert featuring Toad the Wet Sprocket at the finish line festival at Forsyth Park. All runners will receive a finisher’s medal, Brooks technical t-shirt and personalized finisher certificate.

Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, Jan. 13 through Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Dozens of retailers will be on hand, offering the latest in nutrition and fitness apparel.