Community members fight ALS in 16th annual Jim Schoemehl run

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Photos by Ashli Wagner

Over 400 community members ran the 16th annual Jim Schoemehl Run on May 19.  The race started at Webster Groves High School and wrapped around the neighborhoods of Webster, and DECA students drove in front of racers and sat along the pathway to mark the way.

Of the 471 people who registered for the run about 411 actually crossed the finish line. This number is up 3 percent from last year’s run.

This year’s proceeds went to Kathleen Willcut in her fight against amyotrophic laterals sclerosis. The marketing department raised over $13,000 from the run. Eighty percent of the money goes to Kathleen Willcut, and the other 20 percent goes to the ALS Association.

The first Jim Schoemal run was started by a DECA student in 2001 when the marketing teacher’s husband was diagnosed with ALS.  The run has continuously raised money and awareness for the ALS foundation.

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