Marketing students from Webster Groves High School organized the 20th annual Jim Schoemehl 5K and 10K Walk/Run for ALS on Saturday, May 1. Due to COVID-19, this year's event offered both virtual and in-person options.
Runners were staggered at Saturday's event, with only two runners permitted to start at a time.
All proceeds from registration will go toward the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This year's race earned $19,000 for the ALS Foundation.
The Jim Schoemehl Run is hosted and conducted entirely by Webster Groves High School students to raise community awareness and funds to support local families affected by ALS, as well as larger groups whose purpose is to help families in need. The event has raised more than $300,000 since its inception in 2001.
The run was created by a Webster Groves High School student when a teacher’s husband, Jim Schoemehl, was diagnosed with ALS. Although Schoemehl lost his battle with ALS in 2003, his legacy lives on in the annual run and exists to help other families in the fight against this devastating disease.