A total of 600 people hit the streets Saturday for the 11th Annual Jim Schoemehl 5K Run. The event raised more than $16,000.
The run is sponsored each year by the marketing class at Webster Groves High School in an effort to raise awareness and money for the benefit of a local family affected by ALS and the ALS Association.
Eighty percent of the proceeds will benefit the Byrd family, of Ballwin. Gina Byrd was diagnosed with ALS shortly after her husband was completing cancer treatments. The remaining 20 percent of proceeds will benefit the ALS Association.
The run got its start in 2001 when students learned that the high school's marketing teacher's husband, Jim Schoemehl, was diagnosed with ALS. Jim lost his battle with ALS, but his legacy lives on in the annual run.