Do something even greater than simply finishing MDI: Run as a St. Jude Hero!

The mission of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude treats about 8,500 children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases each year. The treatments for pediatric cancer can last up to three years or more and cost on average $425,000 including housing, travel and food.

Run for a reason! See fundraising benefits below.

Hero Benefits

As an MDI St. Jude Hero, fundraisers will earn various swag items:

  • $100 - St. Jude Heroes Racing Singlet

  • $250 - Dri-fit St. Jude Hat

  • $500 - St. Jude Travel Pack, Shoe Bag, and Speaker

  • $1000 - St. Jude Cooler

  • NEW! Gold Level Hero - only 10 spots available!

    • $3000 fundraising commitment:

      • Two (2) night stay at the West Street Hotel on race weekend

      • (2) Official pasta dinner tickets

      • St. Jude Heroes Race Singlet

      • Charity Medal

Note: MDI Heroes earn all the lower level incentive items as their fund raising totals climb!

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Become a
St. Jude Hero

There are three ways to become a St. Jude Hero

OPTION ONE: Are you signing up to Run MDI as a NEW registrant?

If so, click HERE to sign up to Run MDI, then come back to this exact page and follow instructions.

  1. Click “Register” and either “Form a Relay Team”, “Join an Existing Relay Team”, or Run MDI as an “Individual."


OPTION TWO: Are you already signed up to Run MDI?

If yes, follow the step-by-step directions below to Join the MDI St. Jude Heroes Team! You should first verify that you are registered to Run MDI HERE.

Note: If you are looking to switch to an at-capacity race, like our half-marathon, please see the Charity Bib program for more information.

For best results, please take your time and carefully read and follow these step-by-step directions:

  1. Click HERE to visit the official MDI St. Jude Heroes fundraising page.

  2. Follow prompts to set-up your page.


OPTION THREE: Are you applying to Run MDI as part of the Charity Bib program?

If so, click HERE for more information.
The Charity Bib program is for those that would like to participate in the sold out half-marathon. (Note: This is the ONLY way to get a half-marathon bib, or to switch from the full-marathon to the half-marathon.)

Please keep in mind that if you do not fulfill your $250 fundraising commitment prior to October 1st your registration will be forfeited and your bib number will not be available for pick-up at the pre-race expo.


If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our good friend, Sarah Potter, who will be your personal fundraising coach. She is here to help guide you every step of the way so you can begin supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: 813-347-6640


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Meet the Heroes

Click HERE to learn more and meet the 2019 MDI St. Jude Heroes team!

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About St. Jude
Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Everything we do is centered on finding cures and saving children. And families never receive a bill from St. Jude. We pay for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. By sharing our knowledge freely and exchanging ideas openly, we’re inspiring more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide, and, as a result, more lifesaving treatments for children everywhere.

At St. Jude, we won’t give up. We do everything possible to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

founding MDI Hero, Sarah Emerson (far right) with cancer fighter Nick and his family, cheering for runners from the St. Jude cheer zone!

founding MDI Hero, Sarah Emerson (far right) with cancer fighter Nick and his family, cheering for runners from the St. Jude cheer zone!